Psychology Courses

Single Doctoral-Level Psychology Courses

At CalSouthern, students may enroll in a course at the doctoral level without committing to a degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:

  • Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a doctoral degree
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward a doctorate at CalSouthern or another institution*
  • Gain knowledge and expertise at the highest academic level in a topic of particular interest

Choose any of the doctoral courses from the CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, trauma, sports psychology, domestic violence and neuroscience.

Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A master’s degree is not required to take doctoral-level courses. (However, if you wish to commit to CalSouthern’s Doctor of Psychology program, a master’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Doctoral Courses

PSY 87506 Advanced Psychopathology

Credits : 3

This course provides an advanced and integrated study of psychopathology, emphasizing the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The course focuses on the assessment of differential diagnosis, etiology, prognosis, and treatment of mental illness from psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic-existential, biological, and sociocultural perspectives. Culture and human diversity as well as legal and ethical factors will be considered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Analyze the existing etiologic theories of psychopathology
  • Integrate the major diagnostic categories of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues
  • Formulate the impact of culture and human diversity issues
  • Combine current research to the theory, treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation through an informative and persuasive presentation
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