Theories of PersonalityPSY 231W
Prerequisite: PSY 211 with grade of "C" or better. Examines theories of personality development from a psychodynamic, social learning and humanistic perspective. Critiques individual theories regarding personality development, abnormality, psychotherapy, research, and the concept of humanity. (45-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Identify and describe the underlying assumptions and main features of the major personality theories.
- Identify the main features of each of the major personality theories and distinguish between them.
- Explore similarities and differences of theories of personality, and demonstrate understanding in writing and in class discussions.
- Apply the knowledge of theories of personality to various experiential exercises and case study examples in verbal and/or written form.
Identify and describe how relevant theorists' personal experiences influened the development of their theories.
- Identify and describe the relevant biographical history of the major theorists, among those:
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the historical setting and values of the time influenced the theory's formation.
- Analyze the relationship between the theorists' background and personal experiences and that theorist's personality theory.
Evaluate and critique each of the personality theories presented in the class.
- Examine the empirical evidence that supports or fails to support the theories presented during the course.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the theories presented in class.
- Learn appropriate methods for effective questioning of assumptions, points of view, and theories.
- Critique theories of personality effectively in writing.