Theories of Personality

Theories of Personality

  1. Module Title: Theories of Personality
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 465
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: The course involves comparing and contrasting the various theories of human personality. This course focuses on the major models of personality including Psychoanalytic, Neoanalytic, Learning, Dispositional, and Humanistic-Existential. We will examine these models and approaches, the major concepts of each, each theories methods and research, and will explore the assumptions about human nature which underlie each perspective.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will be able to:
    • Describe and interpret the major theories of human personality and introduce the main ideas and concepts of each theorist and theory.
    • Gain a fundamental understanding on the subject of personality psychology and obtain fresh perspectives through the study of various personality theories on some of the intriguing questions with regards to human nature: Are we born with a specific type of personality? Why do people behave as they do? How do patterns of behavior become established and how do they change? Why do people become depressed, angry, happy, or anxious?
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • What is Personality?
    • Personality Research Methods
    • The Psychoanalytic Approach
    • The Freudian Apprach
    • The Neo-Freudian Theories
    • The Trait Approach
    • The Biological Approach
    • The Humanistic Approach
    • The Behavioral/Social Learning Approach
    • The Cognitive Approach

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