Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-221
Amy P. Demorest (Section 01)
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.
Requisite: PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 students. Offered Fall semester. Professor Demorest.
How to handle overenrollment: Preference to those who preregistered, then to majors in psychology, then potential majors, then senior non-majors.
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work. Attention to Research.
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE A011
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE A011
|Psychology's Grand Theorists||BOOK IN LIBRARY PURCHASE IS OPTIONAL||Demorest||OPTIONAL, COPIES ARE IN FROST||TBD|