Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-221
Formerly listed as: PSYC-21
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Amy P. Demorest (Sections 01 and 02)
This course examines how psychologists understand the patterns of experiencing and behaving that constitute an individual’s personality. Personality psychologists are concerned with the ways in which a person is like all other people in these patterns (common psychological processes), like some others (individual differences), and like no one else (uniqueness). In examining these questions, we study the “grand theories” of Freud, Skinner, and Rogers, as well as the contemporary models of traits and scripts. We explore what professional observations led to the major theoretical ideas in personality psychology, and we critically examine how these ideas have been tested in empirical research. Furthermore, we study the lives of the theorists to examine how their professional ideas were informed by their personal lives. Students will also take personality assessment devices throughout the semester as a way to better understand the models, and perhaps themselves as well. Class meetings will be always in synchronous online format and will involve engaging in projects, case applications, and discussions as much as possible, often in small break-out groups.
Requisite: PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Demorest.
If Overenrolled: Preference to those who preregistered, then to majors in psychology, then potential majors, then senior non-majors.