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Theories of Personality

PSY 231W

Theories of Personality

PSY 231W

Course Description

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.