The Psychology of Personality

PSY30008, formerly LSY300 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 hours over the teaching period (normally 3 hours per week)



Aims and objectives

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Explain the main features of some of the major approaches to the psychology of personality (i.e., psychoanalytic/neoanalytic; the trait approach, the social-learning and social-cognitive approaches, and the motivational and narrative approaches).
  • Describe basic elements of historically important theories within each perspective.
  • Discuss some major elements of contemporary theories within each perspective.
  • Critically evaluate how various approaches to personality explain specific issues such as the unconscious, the self, personality change, the effect of early childhood experiences, the effect of motivation on personality.
  • Explain how an integration of many of these theories leads to a better understanding of human personality.

Courses with unit

*From July, 2013 this unit will be taught at the Hawthorn Campus

Effective 2010
, current students refer to coures outline.
This is a prescribed unit of study in the Social Science Major/s. It may also be undertaken as a unit of study in any other Swinburne degree program, subject to the prerequisite and degree requirements.

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.