PSYC 33: INTRODUCTION TO PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||College-level reading and writing ability.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade Only|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of major theories of personality.
- Application of theory to situations of everyday life.
The student will be able to:
A. explain why personality is not a random consequential resultant of life experiences but rather an on-going dynamic phenomena.
B. examine the basis of behavior and the overt manifestation of personality as both biological and environmental.
C. analyze the various theoretical perspectives in personality psychology.
D. assess the scientific-theoretical approach to the study of adjustment.
E. identify the different assessments and research methodologies utilized in personality psychology.
F. explain the relevance of past and current research within personality psychology to the evaluation of personality theories and their applications.
G. apply basic principles of personality psychology to the understanding of everyday life such as interpersonal relations, workplace issues, etc.
H. assess and critically analyze theories, research methods and findings (outcomes), and applications developed by psychologists and made available through textbooks, newspapers, professional and lay periodicals, and the internet.
a. Introduction to Personality Psychology
b. Personality Assessment, Measurement, and Research Design
2. The Dispositional Domain
a. Traits and Trait Taxonomies
b. Theoretical and Measurement Issues in Trait Psychology
c. Personality Dispositions over Time: Stability, Coherence, and Change
3. The Biological Domain
a. Genetics and Personality
b. Physiological Approaches to Personality
c. Evolutionary Perspectives on Personality
4. The Intrapsychic Domain
a. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Personality
b. Psychoanalytic Approaches: Contemporary Issues
c. Motives and Personality
5. The Cognitive/Experiential Domain
a. Cognitive Topics in Personality
b. Emotion and Personality
c. Approaches to the Self
6. The Social and Cultural Domain
a. Personality and Social Interaction
b. Sex, Gender, and Personality
c. Culture and Personality
7. The Adjustment Domain
a. Stress, Coping, Adjustment, and Health
b. Disorders of Personality
1. Psychodynamic Theorists
a. Sigmund Freud
b. Heinz Hartzmann
d. Anna Freud
e. Heinz Kohut
f. Margaret Mahler
h. Erik Erikson
a. Abraham Maslow
b. Carl Rogers
d. Albert Bandura
e. B.F. Skinner
f. Walter Mischel
3. Interpersonal Theorists
a. Harry Stack Sullivan
b. Karen Horney
c. Cognitive Theorists
d. George Kelly
e. Walter Mischel
4. Psychobiological Theorists
5. Theory evaluation
b. Range of validity
c. Empirical constructs
d. Phenomenological constructs
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
Methods of Evaluation may include, but are not limited to:
B. Midterm examination
D. Problem-solving exercises
F. Final examination
Method(s) of Instruction
Methods of Instruction may include, but are not limited to:
B. Class discussions
D. Active learning exercises
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Carducci, Bernardo J. Psychology of Personality - Viewpoints, Research, and Applications. 3rd ed. Wiley, 2015.
McMartin, James. Personality Psychology: A Student-Centered Approach. 2nd ed. SAGE Publications, 2016.
Burger, Jerry. Personality. 9th ed. Wadsworth, 2014.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Writing assignment on a specific theoretical perspective in personality psychology
B. Poster/portfolio of oneself utilizing various theories and concepts in personality psychology
C. Assessment of case studies regarding different personality disorders