PSYCH 540

Personality Theory

Psychology College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Contemporary theories of personality developed within the framework of major psychological systems.

When Taught

Contact Department

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Other Prerequisites

or equivalent; or instructor's consent

Note

Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Title

1. Identify and distinguish the major personality theories

Learning Outcome

Students will identify and distinguish the major personality theories of psychology and their specific features and content. Measurement: Multiple choice/critical analytic essays.

Title

2. Identify, compare, contrast, and evaluate assumptions

Learning Outcome

Students will identify, compare and contrast, and critically evaluate the philosophical and theoretical assumptions that underlie these personality theories. Measurement: Multiple choice/critical analytic essays.

Title

3. Conceptual tools of theory construction and evaluation

Learning Outcome

Students will develop and demonstrate understanding of the conceptual tools of theory construction, analysis and evaluation. Measurement: Critical analytic essays.

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4. Articulate their own position on major issues

Learning Outcome

Students will articulate their own position on some of the major issues of personality theory, theory construction, and application of theory. Measurement: Essay assignment.