Personality Theory

PSY 220

Social Science & Education

Credits: 3

This course focuses on the study of significant theories of personality as proposed by psychologists in the major schools of thought. These include Freudian, Neo-Freudian, Jungian, cognitive and behavioral, humanistic, existential, and positive psychology as well as trait and constructivist theories. Students gain an understanding of the assumptions underlying each theory and apply these concepts to themselves and others. Selected topics will also be explored, including gender differences, the influence of stress, culture, religion, and ethnicity; explanations of love and hate (at the discretion of the instructor). Personality assessment instruments are examined and demonstrated, while exploring the concepts of validity, reliability and normative data. Prerequisite: ENG 101 and PSY 101.