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PS 315 Theories of Personality
Benites, Daniela


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

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Course

PS 315 Theories of Personality

Semester

F2A 2012 BE

Faculty

Benites, Daniela

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Current post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience (since 2011)
PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Phenomenology and Social Neuroscience (2010)
MS in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology (2006)

Office Hours

By appointment

E-Mail

daniela.benites@park.edu

Semester Dates

F2A 2012 The Fall II term starts on Monday, October 22nd and officially ends on Sunday, December 16th.

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Feist, J. & Feist, G. (2009). Theories of Personality (7th Edition). McGraw Hill. ISBN #9780073382708

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Course Description:
PS 315 Theories of Personality: Examination of the major personality theories and contributing research evidence with particular emphasis upon motivation and dynamics of behavior. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: PS 101.

Educational Philosophy:
As a facilitator, I will provide informational background to promote collective discussions and, hopefully, to foster individual curiosity. Theoretical and scientific information will be intertwined to form the basis of personal critical thought. The classes will promote independent learning and production of critical knowledge as a primary ground for present and future good practices.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and differentiate among the major psychological approaches which explain personality.
  2. Define and apply key personality concepts, terms, and theories.
  3. Identify psychologists who have made major contributions to an understanding of personality.
  4. Explain research methodology and the ability to evaluate the merit of personality studies.
  5. Practically apply acquired insight of personality to one's own life


Core Assessment:

PS315 Theories of Personality
Core 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.

Requirements:

  • Information must be organized, presented and referenced using APA style.
  • Research Reaction Paper should be 10 pages (plus title and reference pages).

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better writer and thinker. Each student is responsible for:

  • Participating in class
  • Completing the outline and the research reaction paper (core assessment)
  • Completing a mid-term and a final examination  

Grading:

You will be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a mid-term and a final exam, a research reaction paper, participation in class and quizzes. Points will be assigned as follows:

Final exam (Week 8) 300 points
Mid-term exam (Week 4) 300 points
Core Assessment and its outline - Research reaction paper (Week 7) 300 points
Participation in class and quizzes 100 points
Total 1000 points

Final course grades will be determined as follows:

A 90% - 100% 900 points and higher
B 80% - 89% 800 – 899 points
C 70% - 79% 700 – 799 points
D 60% - 69% 600 – 699 points
F 59% and lower 599 points and lower

Late Submission of Course Materials:
It is part of the class dynamics to complete and return assignments on time. Start early so possible technical problems (printer, Internet and computer problems etc.) and/or other interference will not prevent you from meeting the deadlines. Late materials will only be considered if provided together with valid documentation evidencing serious and/or unexpected events (medical emergencies, funerals, military deployment and alike).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
It is expected that the group build fluid, productive communication. For that, civil and professional conduct is required at all times, in all interactions. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This course examines how major theoretical approaches address the structure, process, and development of personality. It is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of psychological terminology relevant to the personality field, assist students in becoming critical consumers of psychological information, and promote educated self-reflection concerning one’s own personality. In this course, students will analyze and discuss the application of personality theory to everyday life, and critique the relevance and value of various theoretical perspectives. In addition, students will develop effective critical thinking skills as they learn to integrate, evaluate, and synthesize diverse theoretical views of personality presented from various sources of information (textbook, Internet, supplemental activities, etc).

This course is an overview of the major personality theories and contributing research evidence. The course will examine theoretical differences in the motivation and dynamics of behavior. Students will analyze the major approaches to personality theory (psychodynamic, learning, dispositional, humanistic/existential), critique key personality theorists, and examine research strategies specific to the study of personality. 

Week1
Class 1 - Tue 23 Oct - Ch 1 Introduction to Personality Theory/Syllabus review
Class 2 - Thu 25 Oct - Ch 2 Freud:  Psychoanalysis; quiz
Week 2
Class 3 - Tue 30 Oct - Ch 3 Adler:  Individual Psychology
Class 4 - Thu 01 Nov - Ch 4 Jung:  Analytical Psychology; quiz
Week 3
Class 5 - Tue 06 Nov - Ch 5  Klein:  Object Relations Theory     
Class 6 - Thu 08 Nov - Ch 6  Horney:  Psychoanalytical Social Theory; quiz    
Week 4
Class 7 - Tue 13 Nov - Ch 7 Fromm
Class 8 - Thu 15 Nov - Mid-Term (chapters 1 to 7)
Week 5
Class 9 - Tue 20 Nov - Ch 8  Sullivan :  Interpersonal Theory; core assessment outline due      
Class 10 - Thu 22 Nov - Ch  9 Erikson:  Post-Freudian Theory    
Week 6
Class 11 - Tue 27 Nov - Ch 10 Maslow:  Holistic-Dynamic Theory 
Class 12 - Thu 29 Nov - Ch 11 Rogers:  Person-Centered Theory; quiz
Week 7
Class 13 - Tue 04 Dec - Ch 12 May:  Existential Psychology     
Class 14 - Thu 06 Dec - Ch 15  Skinner:  Behavioral Analysis; core assessment paper due; quiz
Week 8
Class 15 - Tue 11 Dec- Ch 16 - Bandura:  Social Cognitive Theory
Class 16 - Thu 13 Dec- Final (chapters 8 to 12, 15 and 16)

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Student goes beyond identification of the major theory of personality to address the integration between various theories OR addresses specific, contemporary movements within a major conceptual framework.
 
Student correctly identifies and explains the major theory or theories of personality that underlie the research article.
 
Student inaccurately identifies the major theory OR fails to identify the most applicable theory.
 
Fails to use an empirical article relevant to theories of personality.
 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Student identifies and summarizes key aspects of the empirical study without including unnecessary or unimportant information; uses their own language to explain technical findings.
 
Student accurately understands and summarizes an empirical research study.
 
Student inaccurately understands the research article OR fails to correctly summarize the key points of the article.
 
No summary of the research article.
 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Student accurately critiques empirical findings or research methodology by going beyond the presented information to highlight original gaps, errors, inadequacies or unanswered issues.
 
Student accurately critiques empirical findings and methodology; focuses on the concerns that are specified in the article.
 
Student inaccurately critiques the research findings or methodology.
 
Fails to critique the findings/methodology.
 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student accurately and consistenly utilizes appropriate personality concepts that demonstrate a clear understanding of terminology.
 
Student accurately utilizes personality terminology to discuss the research article.
 
Student utilizes personality terminology inaccurately OR fails to consistently use personality terminology.
 
Utilizes no personality terminology.
 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Student shows detailed insight into the conceptual basis underlying major theories of personality; extends the basic conceptual information to show unique, contemporary or innovative applications.
 
Student shows an accurate understanding of the conceptual basis of major theories of personality as they are applied to contemporary research settings.
 
Student show inaccuracies in their understanding of major personality theories OR fails to utilize key concepts relevant to specific personality theories.
 
Failure to discuss or address the conceptual basis of major theories of personality.
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Student shows extensive insight and self-reflection as they apply the key concepts of personality theory to explain personality development and maintenance.
 
Student provides an accurate description of the relevance of personality theories to their own life and personality development.
 
Student is inaccurate in their application of personality theory to explain their own personality OR provides a self-reflection that is unrelated to the theory addressed by the research article.
 
Fails to provide an application of personality theory to own life.
 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Student utilizes APA style throughout paper with fewer than 3 errors.
 
Student utilizes APA style for title page, citations, references and overall organization of information; student has 4-6 errors in technical use of APA style.
 
Student utilizes APA style but has 7 or more errors.
 
Student fails to use APA style.
 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Body of literature review is 11 or more double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) that includes the following subheadings: summary, critique, relationship to theory, self-reflections
 
Body of literature review is 10 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) that includes the following subheadings: summary, critique, relationship to theory, self-reflections
 
Body of literature review is 7-9 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) that includes the following subheadings: summary, critique, relationship to theory, self-reflections OR missing 1-2 specified components
 
Body of literature review is less than 6 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) that includes the following subheadings: summary, critique, relationship to theory, self-reflections OR missing 3 or more specified components
 

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