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This course provides an overview of classic and contemporary theory and research in personality. Approaches to understanding personality will include Freudian and Neo-Freudian perspectives, genetic and evolutionary perspectives, biological perspectives, existential and humanistic perspectives, trait perspectives, and behavioural perspectives. In the laboratory sessions students will take, analyze, and interpret various personality assessment instruments.
Through class lectures, discussions, exams, and laboratory work, you will be expected to develop the ability to (1) differentiate between different theories of personality, (2) understand and interpret research findings, (3) make comparisons among those various theories, (4) apply various theoretical perspectives to understanding cases of human behaviour, and (5) critically examine theories of personality based on research findings.PSYC211 is recommended preparation for PSYC332 Social Psychology, PSYC335 Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC336 Industrial & Organisational Psychology.
On successfully passing this course, students will have: Gained an understanding of key theories in personality psychology. Demonstrated the ability to differentiate between these different theories of personality. Demonstrated the ability to apply different theories of personality to understanding human behaviour. Demonstrated the ability to critically examine these different theories of personality. Practiced using research techniques in the laboratory that are used to gain scientific knowledge in personality psychology. Demonstrated the ability to collect and analyse quantitative data. Demonstrated the ability to write up their research findings clearly in a research report. Practiced effective study skills.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
PSYC104, or PSYC105 and PSYC106
Funder, David Charles;
The personality puzzle;
W.W. Norton, 2010.
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Domestic fee $692.00
International fee $3,200.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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