- 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
- AsPr Boris Bizumic
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.
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:
- Broadly understand major theoretical approaches of personality psychology.
- Understand personality assessment and relevant research methods in personality psychology.
- Successfully and proficiently discuss the main aspects, advantages, and disadvantages of theories within personality psychology.
- Think critically about theoretical and empirical issues within the field of personality psychology.
- Effectively verbally communicate a critical analysis of a personality topic.
- Quiz (5) [LO 2,3,4]
- Individual Oral Presentation (A Critical Analysis of a Topic in Personality Psychology) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Mid-Semester Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 6 x 2 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.
- Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
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
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