SRJC Course Outlines

6/10/2023 10:02:33 AMPSYCH 7 Course Outline as of Fall 2020

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 7Title:  THEORIES OF PERSONALITY  
Full Title:  Theories of Personality
Last Reviewed:12/9/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled04 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An examination of basic concepts, principles, and development of major theories of personality and their practical applications to social interactions, psychopathology, and treatment.  


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
An examination of basic concepts, principles, and development of major theories of personality and their practical applications to social interactions, psychopathology, and treatment.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2007
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2007
 ELifelong Learning and Self Development  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 2007
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2007Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2007Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Identify the research foundation and major theoretical perspectives that explain the development of human personality.
2.  Apply knowledge of the personality theories and perspectives of "self" to people of other cultures.

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Students will able to:
1. Discuss criteria used to define personality and understand  personality theory.
2. Summarize the methods for studying and assessing personality theories.
3. Explain key characteristics of personality theory.
4. Apply the critical thinking process to evaluate personality theories.
5. Describe the following major theories of personality:
    A. Psychodynamic
    B. Behavioral and Social Learning
    C. Cognitive
    D. Humanistic
    E. Biological
    F. Trait
    G. Interpersonal Relations
    H. Alternative Perspective on Personality (e.g., non-Western, spiritual and religious,
          gender, or historical)
6. Apply personality theories and concepts to social interactions, psychopathology,
     and treatment.
7. Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of major theories of personality.
8. Critically appraise the applicability of the major theories of personality in relation to gender,
     culture and ethnicity.
9. Summarize the current status and describe the future direction of the field of personality
    theory research.

Topics and Scope
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I.     Introduction to Personality and Personality Theory
II.    Personality Research Methods
III.   Psychodynamic Perspective of Personality
IV.   Behavioral and Social Learning Perspective of Personality
V.    Cognitive and Social-Cognitive Perspective of Personality
VI.   Humanistic and Existential Perspective of Personality
VII.  Interpersonal Relations Perspective of Personality
VIII. Biological Perspective of Personality
IX.   Trait Perspective of Personality
X. Practical Applications
    A. Social Interactions
    B. Psychopathology
    C. Treatment
XI. Contextualizing Personality
    A. Gender
    B. Culture
    C. Ethnicity
XII. The Future of Personality Theories
    A. Research
    B. Treatment
11. Gender, Cultural, and Ethnic Differences in Understanding Personality

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1. Read approximately 35 pages per week
2. Writing assignment that may include research, experiential, response, or project for a
     minimum of 1,250 words
3. Quizzes, exams, and a final
4. Oral presentation and/or group project may be assigned

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 60%
Research, experiential, response, or project paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Quizzes, Exams, and a Final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Oral presentation and/or group project

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Personality. 10th ed. Burger, Jerry. Cengage. 2019
Theories of Personality. 9th ed. Feist, Jess and Feist, Gregory and Roberts, Tomi-Ann. McGraw-Hill. 2018
Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research. 6th ed. Friedman, Howard and Schustack, Miriam. Pearson. 2016
Personality Puzzle. 7th ed. Funder, David. W.W. Norton Company. 2016

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