Psychology 305A: Personality Psychology
W inter Session, 2012-2013
Room A101, Buchanan Building
Dr. Sunaina Assanand (“Sue-nay-nah Ass-an-and”)
Office: Room 2517, Kenny Building
Office Hour: Friday, 11:30AM-1:30PM
Doan Le (“Doe-Anne Lay”)
TA for students with last names A-K
Office: Room 1912, Kenny Building
Office Hour: Tuesday 2:00-3:00PM
Aaron Weidman (“Weed-man”)
TA for students with last names L-Z
Office: Room 1355, Kenny Building
Office Hour: Thursday, 1:00-2:00PM
Course Description: This course will provide students with a broad introduction to theory and research in the area of personality psychology. Students will examine topics of concern to personality psychologists and the methods they use to investigate these topics. We will consider a number of distinct theoretical perspectives on personality in this course. Among the theoretical perspectives that we will consider are the trait, motive, biological, psychoanalytic, psychosocial, learning, cognitive, self-regulation, and organismic perspectives.
Course Objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: identify the goals of personality psychology.
review personality assessment techniques.
compare and contrast diverse theoretical perspectives on personality. discuss classic and contemporary research findings related to personality. evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of distinct theoretical perspectives on personality. discuss the associations between personality and psychological and social functioning. describe psychotherapeutic methods related to distinct theoretical perspectives on personality.
apply theory and research from personality psychology to themselves and other people. 1
Prerequisites: The prerequisites for this course are either: (a) Psychology 100, (b) Psychology 101 and 102, or (c) 6 credits of 200-level psychology courses (not including Psychology 205 or 263). First year students are not eligible to take this course.
Course Format: Students will be expected to attend lectures and participate in active, inclass discussion. In addition, students must complete assigned readings from the textbook. In order to maximally benefit from class time, students are strongly encouraged to complete assigned readings before the readings are discussed in class. At two points in the course, we will conduct case studies during class. The case studies will involve watching a biography of an individual and then analyzing her or his personality according to distinct theoretical perspectives on personality. Students will be given questions to discuss in small groups; the groups will then share their ideas and opinions with the class. Each of the case studies will be conducted before a scheduled exam date, giving students the opportunity to review and apply course content before the exam.
Course Website: The website for this course is http://www.psych.ubc.ca/~assanand. In order to access materials on the website, you will require the following password: __________________. Lecture slides will be posted on the course website after each class period. Although the slides will provide a relatively comprehensive review of the lecture material, you may be examined on points that are discussed in class that are not presented in the slides. Grades will be posted on the course website by student number. I will notify the class via e-mail when I have posted grades on the course website.
Textbook: Carver, S. C., & Scheier, M. F. (2012). Perspectives on Personality (7th edition). New York: Pearson.
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