- Code PSYC3026
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Psychology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Boris Bizumic
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
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)
- 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
Funder, D. C. The personality puzzle: International student edition (latest ed.). New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN: 978-0-393-92079-6
Assumed KnowledgeTo 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.
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- 6 units
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