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:
    This course offers the major theoretical, application, research, and assessment issues in the study of personality. Students will understand the historical, socio-cultural, and individual factors that shaped the most influential theories; and know how to critically evaluate theories using rational and empirical standards. In additional, they will be able to, on a basic level, apply the knowledge gained on their personal as well as professional situations.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning outcomes

    The learner will:

    Assessment criteria

    The learner can:

    1. Have a basic understanding of the different major theoretical approaches to understanding personality 1.1 State underlying assumption of personality in 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 behavior 2.1 Understand and explain how personality theories play a role in explaining the idiosyncrasies in one’s beliefs, behaviours and coping styles.

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

    3. Appreciation and application of the various approaches covered in this course. 3.1 Being able to apply these theoretical frameworks and paradigms of personality across a variety of situations (e.g. in their work/ profession life).
  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
    • Introduction: Evaluating Personality Theories
    • Psychoanalysis
    • Analytical Psychology
    • Interpsychic Theories
    • Psychoanalytic Social Psychology
    • Ego Analytic Psychology
    • Human Relations
    • Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    • Social Learning Theories
      Traits and Personology
    • Factor Analytic, Genetic, and Evolutionary Theories
    • Biological Traits
    • Humanism
    • Existential Psychoanalysis
    • Personal Constructs
    • Cognitive-Behavioral Theories

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