PS 315 Theories of Personality
U1B 2006 BL
Senior Adjunct Faculty
PhD in Clinical PsychologyMPS in Behavioral PsychologyLisenced in Texas and New Mexico
8:00 to 5:00 M-F
firstname.lastname@example.org (Preferred email)
May 22- July 16, 2006
8:00 - 1:00 PM
Textbook: Engler, Barbara (2006). Personalities Theories (7th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. ISBN: 0-618-49662-9
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Professional journals which pertain to concepts presented in class and required information for three-part paper(Park University library on internet.).
Course Description: Examination of the major personality theories and contributing research evidence with particular emphasis upon motivation and dynamics of behavior. Pre-requisite: <a href='index.aspx?Class=PS101'>PS101</a>. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, weekly exams, dialogues, research, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
PS315 Theories of PersonalityCore Assessment
Research Reaction Paper In order to help you relate theories of personality to current research in the field, students will complete a research reaction paper focusing on the analysis of an empirical research article relevant to the study of personality. The research reaction paper should include a summary and discussion of the research article including the following areas: 1) topic area; 2) hypotheses; 3) method; and 4) major results and findings. Most importantly, reaction papers should include a thoughtful commentary by the student. Specifically, not only should students provide a general summary, but focus on a critique of the research question and design, as well as a discussion of how the research relates to other theories of personality. In addition, students should include a commentary about the relationship of the research findings to their own life and personality development. Students' comments, critique, and discussion should form the majority of the paper.
All instructors must utilize this basic assignment as one of the assessments within your course. But, you are encouraged to personalize the assignment and adapt it to meet your teaching style and the needs of your particular student population. For example, you may want to consider the following adaptations:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: A. POSITION PAPER: (Part one of 3-part paper) The TOPIC FOR THIS PAPER IS NATURE VS. NURTURE. It is to be 3-5 pages in length and to conform to all APA style requirements. A position paper states your opinion on the topic. Use yourself as the example. Define and explain, in your opinion, how your personality developed either as a product of nature (genes) or nurture (environment and people) or some combination of the two (use deductive reasoning). DO NOT WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND BE SURE TO IDENTIFY THE TRAITS YOU DISCUSS AS EITHER NATURE OR NURTURE.
2. (part 2 of 3-part paper) Using the position you took on your nature vs. nurture paper as the basis for this paper, analyze TWO ASPECTS of your personality using TWO THEORIES we have discussed in class. Explain how these theories explain the possible origin of these aspects of your personality. How do these theories explain the developmental factors of these aspects of your personality? Do not rewrite the story of the first paper, but use two aspects you defined in paper # one and develop them according to the personality theories we have already discussed in class. This paper is different from the first paper in that it is based on proving your reasoning whereas the first paper was a personal reflection and historical. This paper is to be 3-5 pages in length and APA format.
3. (Part 3 of 3-part paper) Using the analysis you previously developed based on the two theories, write a TREATMENT APPROACH USING TWO OTHER THEORIES (DO NOT USE the ones already used in the analysis) for your self. How would you CHANGE OR STRENGTHEN these same two aspects of your personality by using two different theories? What do you anticipate the end results to be? Explain. This paper is based on a SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO ANALYZE the process of change by using theoretical constructs. The paper will be 3-5 pages in length and APA format.
B. The TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Each week a topic will be introduced which pertains to the class reading material and lectures assigned for that specific week. All students are required to enter into this discussion.Your discussion and application of course material constitutes 10% of your total grade (See Syllabus).
C. EXAMS: There will be a written exam administered weekly. The exams will be a combination of multiple choice and true or false questions. These exams will be given promptly at the beginning of class (8:00 AM) each week beginning at week 3 and continuing through week 8. There will not be a midterm or final exam. THERE ARE NO MAKEUP TESTS. IF YOU MISS A TEST, UNLESS IT IS FOR A MEDICAL REASON WITH DOCUMENTATION FROM A DOCTOR, A DEATH IN YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY OR A MILITARY ASSIGNMENT, YOUR GRADE FOR THAT TEST WILL BE ZERO.
D. Depending upon the size of the class, a video clip or case study may be used for diagnostic experience in place of the weekly exam. A specific set of questions will be passed out prior to the video or with the case study, and students are expected to answer the questions according to theoretical orientations studied that week. This will be graded as a weekly exam, and, if missed due to absenteeism, there ARE NO MAKE-UP SITUATIONS for these activities.
E. All written assignments are to be word processed. Proper sentence structure, correct grammar and punctuation are required for all papers. The format is to follow the American Psychological Association format for written papers. There are no exceptions to this required format style. I will not accept papers that do not conform to all of the above guidelines. Papers will be submitted with pages stapled together. Do not use folders, plastic carriers or report covers.
Grading: 90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
0 - 59 F
Weekly class discussions 10%
Position/analysis and treatment papers 30%
Weekly exams 30%
Research paper 30%
Late Submission of Course Materials: If written assignments are turned in late, one letter grade will be taken off of the paper for each class session it is late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled meeting of all courses in which they are enrolled and to be present for the full class period. Absenteeism and tardiness, regardless of cause, threaten academic achievement. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g., illness, death in family, temporary duty) are excusable; However, a student who is absent from a class is subject to appropriate consequences, as described by the instructor in the syllabus, if a test, quiz, recitation, homework assignment or any other activity falls on the day of absence, unless the student is granted an excused absence.
REMEMBER! Attendance is NOT participation. Engaging in classroom discussions is part of your grade and requires your personal thoughts added to the discussion.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: WEEK 1 Introductions and review of course syllabus Housekeeping rules
Reading assignment: Chapters 1 (to be completed prior to first class session ).
Lecture: Introduction to personality: Theories, assumptions, evaluations, terms and the role of personality and its application.
No weekly test
WEEK 2 Reading assignment: Chapters 2 - 4
Lecture: Constructs of psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud), Analytical psychology (Carl Jung), Interpsychic psychology (Alfred Adler).
Topic of the week for discussion: Can the psychoanalysis approach be used today with current manage care regulations?
No weekly test
WEEK 3 Reading assignment: Chapters 5 and 6
Lecture: Psychoanalytic Social psychology (Karen Horney and Erich Fromm), Ego psychology (Anna Freud and Erik Erickson).
Topic of the week for discussion:Discuss situations for which you can apply the Neopschoanalytic approach.
Position paper due Topic: Nurture vs. nature
Weekly test (Includes Freud, Jung, Adler)
WEEK 4 Reading assignment: Chapters 7
Lecture: Object relations (Klein, Mahler, Kohut, Kernberg)
Human relations psychology Chodorow and Stone Center Group)
Video clip: Object Relations
Weekly test(Horney, Fromm, Anna Freud, and Erickson)
WEEK 5 Reading assignment: Chapters 8 and 9
Lecture: Behavioral theorists (Skinner, Dollard and Miller) and Social Learning theory (Bandura and Rotter).
Topic of the week for discussion: Discuss alternative reinforcements (other then candy) and their potential effectiveness
Self Analysis paper due
Weekly Test Object Relations and Stone Center Group
WEEK 6 Reading assignment: Chapters 10-12
Lecture:Traits, personal dispositions, and human needs (Allport, Murray), Factor Analysis (Cattell) and Biological traits (Eysenck). Weekly test(Skinner, Dollard and Miller, Bandura, and Rotter)
Research paper due.
WEEK 7 Reading assignment: Chapters 13 and 16
Lecture: Humanism (Maslow and Rogers) and Cognitive/Behavioral (Ellis, Beck and Lazuras)
Topic of the week for discussion: How effective are these theories in the current world, particularly in cases of addition.
Treatment plan for personal theory due.
Weekly test (Allport, Cattell, Murray, and Eysenck)
WEEK 8 Finish all course work
Weekly test (Maslow, Rogers, Ellis, Beck, and Lazuras)
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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I am available by appointment to assist you with any assignment or to discuss your class performance. You can contact me at: email@example.com, 915-525-2796, fax 915-581-6708, or following each class session.
If you are having difficulty writing your papers, i.e., composition, grammar, or APA style, you can go to the English Lab on any Saturday afternoon and Dr. M. Graham will assist you with your problems.
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