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Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues (Revision 5)

PSYC 356

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study (check availability)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: PSYC 289 and PSYC 290 are strongly recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 356 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Overview

This course surveys the field of personality from a scientific perspective. The key theorists and concepts associated with each perspective are highlighted, along with the strengths and limitations of that approach.

Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Personality Theory
  • Unit 2: Freud: Psychoanalysis
  • Unit 3: Adler: Individual Psychology
  • Unit 4: Jung: Analytical Psychology
  • Unit 5: Klein: Object Relations Theory
  • Unit 6: Horney: Psychoanalytic Social Theory
  • Unit 7: Fromm: Humanistic Psychoanalysis
  • Unit 8: Sullivan: Interpersonal Theory
  • Unit 9: Erikson: Post-Freudian Theory
  • Unit 10: Maslow: Holistic-Dynamic Theory
  • Unit 11: Rogers: Person-Centered Theory
  • Unit 12: May: Existential Psychology
  • Unit 13: Allport: Psychology of the Individual
  • Unit 14: Eysenck, McCrae, and Costa's Factor and Trait Theories
  • Unit 15: Skinner: Behavioral Analysis
  • Unit 16: Bandura: Social Cognitive Theory
  • Unit 17: Rotter and Mischel: Cognitive Social Learning Theory
  • Unit 18: Kelly: Psychology of Personal Constructs

Evaluation

To receive credit for the course, you must complete all assignments, receive a grade of 50 percent or better on the final exam and a composite course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

5 Quizzes (5% each) Term Paper Final Exam Total
25% 35% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbook

Feist, J., & Feist, G. J. (2009). Theories of personality (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Other Materials

Other course materials include a student manual and workbook available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 356 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Current Grouped Study Locations

Note: All courses are subject to approval and availability

Institution Contact Dates Delivery Status
Blue Quills First Nations College   Registrar
888-645-4455
registrar@bluequills.ca

From: 
Sep-01-2014
To: 
Dec-31-2014  
Classroom & Online    
Grande Prairie Regional College   Christa Teeple
403 320 3431
cadmin@athabascau.ca

From: 
Sep-01-2014
To: 
Dec-31-2014  
Classroom  Dual Designate  

NOTE: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated above.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, November 28, 2008.

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Updated January 09 2015