Theories of Personality (PSYC495)

Theories of Personality (PSYC495)

  1. Module Title: Theories of Personality
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 495
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)

Course Description:

This course covers major theoretical, application, research, and assessment issues in the study of personality. Students will learn about the historical, socio-cultural, and individual factors that have shaped the most influential theories as well as how to critically evaluate theories using rational and empirical standards. In addition, students will be able to apply at a fundamental level the knowledge gained in their personal and professional situations. Research questions such as stability of personality over time and situations, cultural differences in personality, and personality measurement will also be explored.

 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes
The learning will:
Assessment Criteria
The learner can:
1. Discuss and write in an informed way about influential personality theories and constructs 1.1 State underlying assumptions regarding personality according to each these approaches

1.2 Define and differentiate basic concepts/principles underpinning these different approaches

2. Explain personality-related processes that underlie individual differences in behaviour 2.1 Explain how personality theories play a role in the formations of the idiosyncrasies in one’s beliefs, behaviours, and coping styles.

2.2 Develop a deeper self-understanding of own personality and personality development

3. Appreciate basic applications of the various approaches covered 3.1 Apply these theoretical frameworks and paradigms of personality across a variety of practical situations (e.g., in their work and family lives)

 

Delivery and Study Plan

24 hours of lecture-cum-discussions over 9 weeks.

This module requires a mixture of lecture and self-study activities to assimilate the information covered. As per most institutes offering tertiary education, students should engage in an appropriate amount of self-study each week involving critical reflections.

 

Assessment summary

Form of assessments include Class Participation, Quizzes, Discussion Forum, Term Paper and Group Presentation.

 

Course Schedule

Lesson Topics
L1
  • What is Personality?
  • Personality Research Methods
L2
  • The Psychoanalytic Approach: Freudian Theory, Application, and Assessment
  • The Psychoanalytic Approach: Neo- Freudian Theory, Application, and Assessment (I)
L3
  • The Psychoanalytic Approach: Neo- Freudian Theory, Application, and Assessment (II)
  • The Trait Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment
  • The Trait Approach: Relevant Research (I)
L4
  • The Trait Approach: Relevant Research (II)
  • The Biological Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment
  • The Biological Approach: Relevant Research
L5
  • The Humanistic Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment
  • The Humanistic Approach: Relevant Research (I)
L6
  • The Humanistic Approach: Relevant Research (II)
  • The Behavioural/Social Learning Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment
  • The Behavioural/Social Learning Approach: Relevant Research
L7
  • The Cognitive Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment
  • The Cognitive Approach: Relevant Research (I)
L8
  • The Cognitive Approach: Relevant Research (II)
  • Course Review
L9 Group Presentations
L10

 

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