SRJC Course Outlines

4/22/2021 11:11:11 PMPSYCH 7 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

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 Scheduled06 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: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Identify the major theoretical perspectives that explain the development of human personality.
2.  Identify the research foundations for the major personality perspectives.
3.  Apply knowledge of the personality theories and perspectives of "self" to people of other cultures.

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Upon completion of this course, 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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 1.  Introduction to Personality and Personality Theory
 2.  Personality Research Methods
 3.  Psychodynamic Perspective of Personality
4.  Behavioral and Social Learning Perspective of Personality
 5.  Cognitive and Social-Cognitive Perspective of Personality
6.  Humanistic and Existential Perspective of Personality
7.  Interpersonal Relations Perspective of Personality
 8.  Biological Perspective of Personality
 9.  Trait Perspective of Personality
10.  Practical Applications to Social Interactions, Psychopathology, and Treatment
11.  Gender, Cultural, and Ethnic Differences in Understanding Personality
12.  The Future of Personality Theories:  Research and Treatment

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1. Read approximately 25-35 pages per week and recapitulated assigned material in the textbook and if applicable, and supplements.
2. 2-4 midterm exams and one final exam on lecture, reading concepts, and terminology.
3. Write approximately 1500-2500 word essay(s)  or research paper  for the purpose of applying personality theories, enhancing course knowledge, and improving writing and critical thinking skills.
4. Oral presentations and/or group projects 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
25 - 50%
Essay(s) or 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
50 - 75%
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 or group projects

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Theories of Personality, 8th edition. Fiest, Jess; Fiest, G.; Roberts, Tomi-Ann.McGraw-Hill: 2013.
Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research, 5th edition. Friedman, Howard S.; Schustack,
Miriam, W. Pearson: 2010.
The Personality Puzzle, 6th edition. Funder, David, C.W.W. Norton & Company: 2012.
Personality Psychology: Domains Of Knowledge About Human Nature, 4th edition. Larsen, Randy, J.; Buss, David, M. McGraw-Hill: 2010.

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