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PSY 400 Theories of Personality (3 credits)

Course Description

A study of the major current systematic psychological theories of personality. Consideration is given to their underlying assumptions and usefulness for research and therapeutic process.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Define personality as the underlying cause within the person of individual behavior and experience.
• Address three areas by personality theory: description, dynamics, and development.
• Describe personality in terms of broad types or more numerous, and narrower, traits.
• Gain an understanding of the importance of personal responsibility for self-development (including spiritual development) and community participation.
• Consider the role that spirituality plays in the development of the healthy personality.
• Evaluate and analyze prominent theoretical approaches to personality development utilizing psychological concepts, personal experience and understanding, and a Biblical worldview.
• Develop an appreciation for cultural diversity by considering personality psychology principles across gender, ethnicity, and culture.


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Learning Documentation

This course consists of 12 assignments and one final project.

Learning Evaluation

Each assignment is worth 70 points, with the final project worth 160 points, for a total of 1000 points for the course.

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