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Personality: What Makes Us Who We Are?

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 23, 2014 - July 11, 20143M-F 3:50-6:40PWaitlistedLisa Ranzenhofer10205

Course Description

This course will introduce students to what psychologists mean when they use the term personality. Theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the concept of personality as well as contemporary research and issues in personality will be explored.

Does money make people happy? Why do some people prefer to study in a noisy coffee shop while other people prefer a quiet library? How is personality related to health outcomes such as heart disease? What motivates people? Are men from Mars and women from Venus? What does it mean for a person to have a psychological “disorder” of personality? This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of personality, including the main theories of personality and the development of personality. Students will be encouraged to engage in critical thinking about how our personalities relate to domains such as emotions and health, as well as socially relevant outcomes such as marital happiness, drug use, and school achievement. This course will also introduce students to personality disorders, an area within clinical psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of research and theory.

-Describe how personality is defined, including various psychological principles and theories of personality.
-Describe the methodologies through which personality is assessed and measured.
-Describe the domains of personality functioning (dis-positional, biological, intra-psychic, cognitive/experiential, social and cultural, and adjustment)
-Describe contemporary research and issues in personality (gender differences, relationships, and health issues as they relate to personality).