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PSY 205 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY

PSY 205 – Theories of Personality  

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PSY 205 Theories of Personality

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description:  This course explores current approaches and theories of personality development and organization.  Emphasizing healthy personality development, selective theories of personality that guide research as represented by the psychoanalytic, sociocultural, trait, learning, sociobiological, and existential-humanistic paradigms will be presented and critically evaluated.

Course Goals:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. define ‘personality’ and discuss the major concerns that personality theorists attempt to answer;
  2. identify the factors that various personality theorists stress in their attempts to explain personality;
  3. discuss the various questions confronting personality theorists in their attempts to present a complete picture of the human being;
  4. identify the central themes of paradigms and the theorists chosen to represent the various paradigms;
  5. conduct an inter/intra-comparison and contrast of the major paradigms, theorists, key terms, assumptions, and associated concepts; and
  6. discuss the personality theory’s heuristic function, influence on psychotherapy, its criticisms, and miscellaneous contributions, whichever is appropriate.