Course Summary
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Psychology 310: Psychology of Personality
20 weeks (44 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 psychology


The course objective is for students to understand the psychoanalytic theories of personality, the biological aspects of personality and many personality theories, including humanistic, cognitive and psychoanalytic.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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, psychodynamic and psychoanalytic
  • differentiate between race, culture, religion and ethnicity and describe the influence each one has on personality

General Course Topics:

  • 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 personality
  • Psychodynamic theories and theorists
  • Behavioral and learning aspects of personality
  • Cognitive and existential theories of personality
  • Humanistic theories and theorists
  • Trait aspects of personality
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials