• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Boris Bizumic
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course presents both an in-depth and broad coverage of personality psychology. The main aims of the course are to critically review and discuss major theoretical and empirical approaches to personality. A specific emphasis will be on the development of scholarly appraisal of significant trends in the field. This course will review the main theoretical approaches to personality: trait approach (why people have traits and whether traits cause behaviour), biological approach (how biological factors shape personality), psychodynamic approach (what dynamic unconscious processes operate within personality), phenomenological approach (how humanistic, existential, and cultural factors influence personality), and social-cognitive approach (how learning, cognitions, and affect shape personality). Students are expected to read and be familiar with the material in the lectures, textbook, labs, and Wattle.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of this course, the students will be expected to:

  •  Have a broad understanding of major theoretical approaches of personality psychology. (LO1)
  • Have a clear understanding of personality assessment and relevant research methods in personality psychology. (LO2)
  • Successfully and proficiently discuss the main aspects, advantages, and disadvantages of theories within personality psychology. (LO3)
  • Develop the ability to think critically about theoretical and empirical issues within the field of personality psychology. (LO4)
  • Develop effective skills to verbally communicate a critical analysis of a personality topic. (LO5)

Indicative Assessment

  •  Quizzes (Worth 10% of the final mark; Each quiz is worth 5%.) (LO 1-4)
  • Individual Presentations (Worth 15% of the final mark. A critical analysis of a topic in personality pyshcology) (LO 1-4)
  • Mid Semester Exam (Worth 35% of the final mark). (LO 1-4)
  • Final Exam (Worth 40% of the final mark.) (LO1-4)

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Two hours of lectures per week and 18 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC1003, PSYC1004 and PSYC2009. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC3021, PSYC3001 or PSYC2004.

Prescribed Texts

Funder, D. C.  The personality puzzle: International student edition (latest ed.). New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN: 978-0-393-92079-6

Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC1003, PSYC1004 and PSYC2009.  You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC3021, PSYC3001 or PSYC2004.





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8148 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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