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Psychopathology of the Adult and Alderly

Code: LPSI307     Acronym: PAI

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 177 Official Curricular Structure 3 - 6 54 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Cidália Maria Neves Duarte

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Theoretical and practical : 1,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Cidália Maria Neves Duarte 2,00
Theoretical and practical Totals 4 6,00
Cidália Maria Neves Duarte 6,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


To understand the relationship between psychopathology and other sciences including psychology.Also to understand the logic of the curricular plan and the interest of the CU to the formation of clinical psychologists.Perceive the clinical and phenomenological methods, the deviation from the behavioral norm, develop competences in several contexts.Understand the several dynamics of being seek. The look of psychopathology as a way to bring us closer to the total man.
The normal and the abnormal in clinical,  psychology and psychopathology; personality dynamics and the dialogue with the world.
General psychopathology (affectivity, memory, consciousness, memory, communication, sence-perception, ...)
Special psychopatology (neuroses, psychoses, demential processes,...)

Learning outcomes and competences

To understand the relationship between psychopahology and psychology;
To understand and explain the dynamicas of illness;
To understand different classifications;
To be able to describe and make differential diagnosis between specific and clinical conditions.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)



1. The relationship between psychological and psychopathological.
2. From vital to existential.
3. The normal and the abnormal in psychopathological
4. Psychopathological classifications.
5. General and Special Psychopathology.

Mandatory literature

Fernández, F. A.; As quatro dimensões do doente depressivo., Gradiva, 2010
Fernández, F. A.; Dom Quixote e o seu labirinto vital., Gradiva, 2015
Jaspers, K.; Psicopatologia general., Ed. Beta, 1963
Scharfetter, Ch.; Introduction a la Psicopathologie, Ed. Morata, 1977
Schneider, K.; Psicopatologia clínica., Ed. Paz Montalvo, 1963

Teaching methods and learning activities

Exposition by teachers; discussion about clinical situations in practical classes: reading bibliography texts.
In practical classes, students observe interviews with people who live in the Conde Ferreira Hospital.

Practical classes 
Student work :
a. autonomous - 108 hours
b. contact hours - 54

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 108,00
Frequência das aulas 54,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams


Calculation formula of final grade

The student must obtain the minimun of 10 values from 0 to 20 to obtain to be approved in the CU.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Quantitative: final examen
The final examen consists of two parts:
First part: developmental questions related with theorethical issues   (10 values); 
2nd part: questions related with practical classes (10 values).

Classification improvement

Yes,  from one time only until the time of appeal of the following year.
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