PSYC 420 Political and Ethical Issues in Psychology

How has the field of psychology decided what diagnoses are included or excluded in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)? How do diagnostic criteria determine who has access to resources? What is the role of psychopharmacology in psychology? How does the government or public policy affect the scope of psychological services? These questions, and the sociopolitical context of the psychology field, are taken up in this course. Major legal cases and ethical issues in psychology will be studied, along with contemporary psycho-political issues and concerns.




PSYC 335 or instructor's permission

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