PSYCH 654 - Classic and Modern Personality Theories
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This seminar will provide a graduate-level introduction to the field of personality and social contexts psychology. We will read and discuss some of the major theories that have influenced personality psychology, with a focus on the interface between personality and social contexts. Topics will include psychoanalytic theories, motivation, trait theory, the self, cultural perspectives, and feminist theories.

We will read classic and modern selections for each theory, along with current research articles that draw on (or relate to) that theory. We will be focusing on the following issues, among others:

  • What explicit or implicit assumptions does the theory make about human nature and about the effects of social contexts?
  • How is the theory related to the other theories?
  • What are the main elements or concepts that the theory uses to describe normal personality and individual differences — in general, as well as in particular contexts?
  • How could the theory contribute to contemporary research on personality and social contexts (e.g., suggesting new variables or topics of study, new methods)?
  • How could contemporary research contribute to the further development of the theory?

Course Requirements:

Student evaluation will be based on participation in class discussions, weekly reaction papers, facilitation of class discussion(s), and a 10-15 page final paper.

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PSYCH 654 - Classic and Modern Personality Theories
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001 (LEC)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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