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Theories of Personality




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course surveys the field of personality from a scientific perspective, examining the general approaches to understanding personality. The key theorists and concepts associated with each perspective are highlighted, along with the strengths and limitations of the different approaches.


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Foundations of Personality and Psychoanalysis

  • Identify the elements of a useful personality theory.
  • Identify the components of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory.
  • Describe the strengths and limitations of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory.

Psychodynamic Theories

  • Apply psychodynamic personality theories to human behavior.
  • Determine the strengths and limitations of psychodynamic theories.

Humanistic and Existential Theories

  • Identify components of humanistic and existential personality theories.
  • Apply humanistic personality theories to your life.

Dispositional and Biological Theories

  • Apply the main concepts of dispositional, trait, and biologically-based personality theories.
  • Justify a theoretical approach to assessing personality.

Learning-Cognitive Theories

  • Apply social cognitive theory and cognitive social learning theory to social issues that arise from technology-related human interactions.
  • Analyze how social cognitive theory and cognitive social learning personality theories explain online social engagement and learning.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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