Psychology of Personality

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

Duration

  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 12 Hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

Dates:
8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

Results:
8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

Census:
3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21

More teaching periods

Hawthorn

Higher Ed. Semester 1 HOL Study Period 1

Dates:
28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

Results:
5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

Census:
31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

Dates:
28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

Results:
28 Jun 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

Census:
21 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

HOL Study Period 3

Dates:
29 Aug 22 - 27 Nov 22

Results:
23 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
11 Sep 22

Census:
19 Sep 22

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Oct 22

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1 Teaching Period 3

Dates:
14 Mar 22 - 12 Jun 22

Results:
5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
27 Mar 22

Census:
8 Apr 22

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Apr 22

Dates:
7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

Results:
28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

Census:
2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22


Prerequisites

25 Credit Points of second level PSY units
AND
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 major perspectives on the psychology of personality (e.g., psychoanalytic/neoanalytic, biological/evolutionary, trait, motive, learning and social-cognitive approaches, and narrative identity)
2. Apply personality theory for practical outcomes using an appropriate technology
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. Integrate theories of personality to better understand individual differences
5. Investigate a personality-related research question and present the findings in an appropriate manner