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This course presents both an in-depth and broad coverage of personality psychology. The main aims of the course are to critically review and discuss major theoretical and empirical approaches to personality. A specific emphasis will be on the development of scholarly appraisal of significant trends in the field. This course will review the main theoretical approaches to personality: trait approach (why people have traits and whether traits cause behaviour), biological approach (how biological factors shape personality), psychodynamic approach (what dynamic unconscious processes operate within personality), phenomenological approach (how humanistic, existential, and cultural factors influence personality), and social-cognitive approach (how learning, cognitions, and affect shape personality). Students are expected to read and be familiar with the material in the lectures, textbook, labs, and Wattle.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the students will be expected to:

  •  Have a broad understanding of major theoretical approaches of personality psychology. (LO1)
  • Have a clear understanding of personality assessment and relevant research methods in personality psychology. (LO2)
  • Successfully and proficiently discuss the main aspects, advantages, and disadvantages of theories within personality psychology. (LO3)
  • Develop the ability to think critically about theoretical and empirical issues within the field of personality psychology. (LO4)
  • Develop effective skills to verbally communicate a critical analysis of a personality topic. (LO5)