Introduction to Personality
- The History of Personality Assessment
- Contemporary Methods of Assessing Personality
- Personality Traits
- The Validity and Reliability of Personality Inventories and Tests
- Theories of Personality
- The Heritability of Personality
- The Interaction Among Personality, Genes, and the Environment
- Physiological Correlates of Personality Traits
- Psychological Correlates of Personality Traits
- Personality Disorders
- Modifying Personality Through Treatment
The course will involve a number of instructional methods such as the following:
- audio visual materials
- group discussions
- computer simulated exercises
- classroom demonstrations
The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department Policy. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. Specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
2 Mid Term Exams (worth 20% each) - 40%
Literature review paper - 20%
Oral presentation of paper highlights - 10%
Final Exam - 30%
Total - 100%
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Describe the history of personality assessment.
- Describe how personality inventories are constructed and used.
- Describe how projective tests of personality are constructed and used.
- Distinguish between different types of validity.
- Distinguish between different types of reliability.
- Evaluate the validity and reliability of contemporary personality inventories.
- Evaluate the validity and reliability of contemporary projective tests of personality.
- Explain the interaction between personality and situational factors.
- Describe and evaluate the major theoretical perspectives of personality (ie: dispositional, biological, psychodynamic, psychiatric, trait, existential, phenomenological, learning, and cognitive).
- Describe research conducted to test the major theories of personality.
- Explain how the heritability of personality is assessed.
- Identify the role of biological and environmental processes in personality development and change.
- Describe research on the relationship between personality and physical health.
- Describe research on the relationship between personality and mental disorders.
- Identify and describe the various personality disorders.
- Describe therapeutic techniques used to treat people with personality disorders.
Textbook(s) such as the following, the list will be updated periodically:
- Olson, M. H. & Hergenhahn, B. R. (2011). An Introduction to Theories of Personality (8th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Publishing.
- Crowne, D.P. Personality theory (current ed.). Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
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