Personality Theories – psych504 (3 credits)

This course enables students to differentiate among the primary theoretical models of personality theory, such as psychodynamic, affective, cognitive-behavioral, and systems theory.  Emphasis is on the importance of students recognizing belief systems and the underlying assumptions inherent in various personality models that accurately reflect their own personal perspectives.  Students also learn to recognize strategies and approaches in psychology that reflect identified personality theories as a foundation.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Personality Theory in Context

  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of personality theories from a social and multicultural perspective.
  • Apply personality theories to social and occupational roles.
  • Explain how biological, social, and cultural experiences interact to shape individual personality development.

Foundations of Personality

  • Define personality as it relates to the field of psychology.

  • Explain how personality theories are developed and modified through ongoing research.
  • Explain the process of critically evaluating research studies on personality.

Psychodynamic Theories

  • Describe Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality and its major concepts.
  • Evaluate current research studies that address psychoanalytic concepts.
  • Evaluate the influence of Freud’s theories on contemporary personality theory.

Humanistic Theories

  • Evaluate humanistic theories of personality.
  • Explain how researchers have investigated humanistic concepts.
  • Differentiate self-esteem, self-concept, and self-actualization.

Behavioral and Cognitive Theories

  • Describe behavioral and cognitive theories of personality.
  • Explain social cognitive learning theories of personality.
  • Evaluate contemporary research studies that address the application of behavioral and cognitive learning principles.

Biological Theories and Personality Traits

  • Describe trait theories of personality.
  • Analyze the five-factor model.
  • Analyze the effect of biology on personality.
  • Evaluate the influence of biological theories on contemporary personality research.

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