psych645 | Graduate

Personality Theories

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This course enables students to differentiate among the primary theoretical approaches to the study of personality, including psychodynamic, affective, cognitive-behavioral, and systems theories. Students examine the belief systems and underlying assumptions inherent in various personality models and learn how the tenets of these models are investigated through empirical research.

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

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Biological Theories and Personality Traits

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

    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

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

    Behavioral and Cognitive Theories

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

    Personality Theory in Context

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