Psychology of Personality

PSY30008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester or teaching period

Contact hours

  • 3 Hours per Week

2020 teaching periods


HOL Study Period 3

31 Aug 20 - 29 Nov 20

22 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
13 Sep 20

21 Sep 20

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20


25 Credit Points of second level PSY units
STA20006 Analysis of Variance and Regression

Aims and objectives

This unit explores key themes in the development of personality theory. The psychodynamic, psychosocial, biological, trait, humanistic, and social cognitive approaches to understanding personality are compared and critically evaluated according to the available evidence. Assessment of individuals according to each theory is also critically evaluated. Applications of the personality theories to real-world problems are emphasised in the unit so that students begin to appreciate the importance of understanding differences between people and how these differences drive behaviour.
1. Explain the main features of some of the major perspectives on the psychology of personality (e.g., psychoanalytic/neoanalytic, biological/evolutionary, trait, motive, learning and social-cognitive approaches, and the narrative approach)
2. Describe elements of historically important and contemporary theories within each perspective
3. Critically evaluate how various approaches to personality explain specific issues such as the unconscious, the self, personality change, the effect of early childhood experiences, and the role of motivation
4. Explain how an integration of many of these theories leads to a better understanding of individual differences in personality
5. Investigate a personality-related research question and present the findings in an appropriate manner 

Courses with unit

BA-PSY - Bachelor of Psychological Sciences – on campus and OUA delivery
BA-PSYS – Bachelor of Psychological Sciences – SOL delivery
BH-PSY – Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Standard entry
BH-PSY1 – Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Graduate entry
BA-HSC1 – Bachelor of Health Science
BA-HSCPROF – Bachelor of Health Science (Professional)