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PY3108 - Personality and Individual Psychology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

In this subject there will be a specific focus on theories and assessment methods for studying the lives of individuals in detail, including contributions from psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioural, trait and narrative psychologies.The subject will begin by addressing philosophical issues, since these are especially critical in shaping both theory and method in the area of personality. An overview of the major theoretical paradigms of personality psychology will be presented in the first half of the subject, including reference to the work of S. Freud, C. Jung, Henry Murrey, H.J. Eysenck, George Kelly, Abraham Maslow, Sylvan Tomkins, Dan McAdams, Gary Gregg and others. The second half of this subject will be devoted to a coverage of contemporary and emerging approaches to the conceptualisation and measurement of personality with a focus on the narrative study of individual lives.

Learning Outcomes

  • assist students to make connections between personality theory and assessment and the kinds of applied social and practical problems which they might encounter in professional life;
  • familiarisation with a range of assessment tools for studying personality and to provide students with first hand experience in the use of some of these tools via practicals and a research project;
  • familiarisation with contemporary theoretical developments and emerging trends in the conceptualisation and assessment of personality.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PY3094

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 6, Block
Census Date 23-Jun-2011
Face to face teaching (Lectures, tutorials will be taught in block mode. Exams will be held in the week beginning 28 July.)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Deborah Graham.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); seminar (20%); (40%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 21-Jul-2011
Coordinator: Dr Peter Raggatt
Lecturer: Dr Denise Dillon.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); seminar (20%); (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 6, Block
Census Date 23-Jun-2011
Face to face teaching (Lectures, tutorials will be taught in block mode. Exams will be held in the week beginning 28 July.)
Coord/Lect: Dr Peter Raggatt.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); seminar (20%); (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.