SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 6:19:07 AMPSYCH 7 Course Outline as of Fall 2007

New Course (First Version)

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 Scheduled017.5 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:

Limits on Enrollment:

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

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: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will able to:
1.  Define personality and personality theory.
2.  Summarize the methods for studying and assessing personality theories.
3.  Explain key characteristics of a good personality theory.
4.  Apply the critical thinking process to evaluate personality theories
   taught in the course.
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 explaining social
   interactions, psychopathology, and treatment.
7.  Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of the major
   theories of personality in number 3.
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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1.  What is Personality and Personality Theory?
2.  Characteristics of a Good Theory of Personality
3.  How is Personality Studied and Assessed?
4.  The Psychodynamic Perspective
5.  The Behavioral and Social Learning Perspective
6.  The Cognitive Perspective
7.  The Humanistic Perspective
8.  The Biological Perspective
9.  The Trait Perspective
10. The Interpersonal Relations Perspective
11. Theories of personality and their practical applications to social
   interactions, psychopathology, and treatment.
12. Gender, Cultural, and Ethnic Differences - Western and non-Western
13. Scope and Outlook for the Future of Personality Theories

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1.  Read, approximagely 25-35 pages per week and digest assigned material
   in the textbook and supplements.
2.  Two midterm exams and one final on lecture, reading concepts and
3.  A term or research paper approximately 5-8 pages in length for the
   purpose of applying personality theories, enhancing course knowledge,
   and improving writing skills.
4.  Oral presentations (optional).

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
50 - 75%
Research Paper(s)
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
25 - 50%
Multiple choice, True/false, Fill-in, Short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Oral presentations, class discussions

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Friedman, Howard, S.; Schustack, Miriam W.
  Bacon, 2003.
Allen, Ben P.
  Bacon, 2003.
Frager, Robert; Fadiman, James
  PERSONALITY AND PERSONAL GROWTH, 6th ed., Prentice-Hall, 2005.
Burger, Jerry M.
  PERSONALITY, 6th ed., Wadsworth, 2004.

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