CLASSICS IN PERSONALITY THEORY - 2020/1
Module code: PSY1023
This module introduces students to the main psychological approaches to personality, focusing on key theorists and the empirical evidence testing each theory.
MASON Oliver (Psychology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: C870
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Each week, we will discuss one key theoretical approach to personality. We will also consider practical issues in studying, measuring, and applying personality, and synthesise the different theories in relation to each other and different areas of psychology.
Topics will include:
- Introduction to personality and the nature-nurture debate
- Freud and psychoanalytic approaches to personality
- Humanistic personality theories
- Learning personality theories
- Social cognitive personality theories
- Cognitive personality theories
- Trait approaches to personality
- Biological personality theories
- Methods of researching and assessing personality
- Revision and synthesis
Tutorial 1: Essay preparation
Tutorial 2: Personality research study
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ESSAY COURSEWORK (4 PAGES)||25|
|Examination||EXAM (90 MINUTES)||75|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in both an essay and exam, as well as learn how to critically discuss empirical evidence in an essay format.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- An essay (4 pages, 25%) and exam with a combination of short answer questions and multiple choice questions (90 minutes, 75%)
A mid-semester quiz takes place.
Extensive summative feedback is given on the essay by the markers and this is discussed in a one-to-one tutorial.
- This module aims to introduce students to the main approaches to personality that have developed over the history of psychology. Each theory will be considered critically from a past to present perspective, covering the key aspects of the theory and the ways in which the concepts have been developed, tested and applied, right up to the present day. Links will be made between theories and across other areas of psychology
|1||Describe how different theorists view personality and its development|
|2||Explain key influences on the development of classic theories in personality psychology|
|3||Relate the concepts of personality theories to contemporary psychology and everyday life|
|4||Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of personality theories|
|5||Synthesise theories of personality to illustrate their different perspectives on human nature and influences on behaviour|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Methods of Teaching / Learning
This module is made up of weekly lectures, two tutorials, and independent study.
The online Virtual Learning Environment, SurreyLearn, will be a key resource for supplementary materials, links, and a dedicated Discussion Board (http://surreylearn.surrey.ac.uk/).
Interactive quizzes in class and practice questions on SurreyLearn will provide formative feedback on students’ progress.
Reading list for CLASSICS IN PERSONALITY THEORY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy1023
Programmes this module appears in
|Psychology BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|