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Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues (Revision 5)
Area of Study: Social Science
PSYC 356 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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.
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
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 “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|5 Quizzes |
|Term Paper||Final Exam||Total|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Feist, J., & Feist, G. J. (2009). Theories of personality (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Other course materials include a student manual and workbook available online.
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.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
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 September 09 2013