PSYC211-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Personality

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

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.

The course provides an introduction to classic and contemporary theory and research in personality psychology. Lectures and readings will cover the following perspectives on personality: psychoanalytic, genetic and evolutionary, cultural, biological, humanistic, trait, and behavioural. In the laboratory sessions, students will take various personality assessment instruments and participate in experiments to gain first-hand insight into cutting-edge personality research. PSYC211 is recommended preparation for PSYC 332 Social Psychology, PSYC335 Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC336 Industrial & Organisational Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, you will have:

  • an understanding of key theories in personality psychology, the differences between these theories; and ability to critically evaluate theories of personality;
  • an understanding of the research methods commonly used in personality psychology;
  • the ability to critically evaluate classic and contemporary research methods in personality psychology;
  • hands-on experience via participation in contemporary personality science;
  • the ability to write up a succinct research proposal.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.

Pre-requisites

PSYC104, or PSYC105 and PSYC106

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 K1 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 Julius von Haast 425 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
03 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
04 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
05 Friday 13:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 411 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
06 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
07 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
08 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
09 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
10 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
11 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
12 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Andrew Vonasch

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Examination 40%
Lab Assignments and Participation 10%
Research Proposal 15%
Mid-term Test 35%

Textbooks

Required Texts

David Charles Funder; The Personality Puzzle; 7th Ed; W.W. Norton & Co, 2015.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Psychology.

All PSYC211 Occurrences

  • PSYC211-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018