PSYC 305

Behavior Disorders in Children

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course focuses on common behavior and emotional problems of children and youth, with less emphasis on adolescence. Topics include dependency, anxiety, control issues, motivation, aggression and social behavior. The course balances theory and practice related to behavioral disorders with the focus on practical solutions.


Learning outcomes


  • Students will also understand the strengths and limitations of the DSM diagnostic system.
  • Students will apply knowledge to develop alternative explanations for diagnosing and evaluating child psychpathologies.
  • Students will display an understanding of child psychopathology.
  • Students will learn how child psychopathology is assessed and treated.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.