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Psychology 310: Psychology of Personality

Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

Varies; self-paced.

Dates: 

December 2012 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the theoretical explanations for understanding personality development, describe their historical underpinnings and the founding theorist(s) associated with each; critique each personality theory and identify the most appropriate situation for employing each theory; judge individuals' personalities using various personality assessment tools to include the TAT, ACT, Myers-Briggs, and Disc; differentiate approaches that psychology has developed for understanding personality to include humanistic, trait theory, socio-cognitive, behavioral, psycho-dynamic and psychoanalytic; and differentiate between race, culture, religion and ethnicity and describe the influence each one has on personality.

Instruction: 

The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to personality psychology, personality research and assessment, psychoanalytic theories of personality, Adler and Jung and personality theory, neo-analytic and ego approaches to identity, biological aspects of personalities, psycho-dynamic theories and theorists, behavioral and learning theories and personality, cognitive and existential theories and personality, humanistic theories and theorists, and trait aspects of personality.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology (12/17).

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