Theories of Personality
Part of The Persona Cluster
Spring Semester 2006
A critical survey of the major themes of personality structure, dynamics and development. In this cluster course linkages will be made to acting, particularly with regard to method acting and characther development.
• Be able to define/describe each of the theories of personality studied.
• Recognize the implicit assumptions of the theorists which underlie the theory.
• Categorize the theories according to type of theory (after Rotter's distinctions).
• Evaluate the theories in terms of Hall & Lindzey categories.
• Recognize applications of the theories in the real world, literature, the arts, etc.(especially applications to acting)
• Draw applications from the theories to the real world, literature, the arts, etc. (especially applications to acting)
• Recognize the fit of the theories with your own world view.
Funder, David C. (2004). The personality puzzle (3rd Ed.) New York:W.W. Norton.
Study of the Person
to Personality: The Basic Sources of Data
Psychology as Science: Research Methods
Traits and Behavior
Assessment I: Personality Testing and Its Consequences
Assessment II: Personality Judgment in Daily Life
||Group Project Proposals Due
Personality Traits to Understand Behavior
Anatomy and Physiology of Personality
Inheritance of Personality: Behavioral Genetics and Evolutionary
||Group Project Annotated Bibliography Due|
Workings of the Unconscious Mind: Defenses and Slips
after Freud: The Neo-Freudians, Object Relations, and Empircal
Existence, and the Meaning of Life: Humanistic Psychology
||Group Project Outlines Due|
||Cultural Variation in Experience, Behavior, and Personality||
||How the World Creates Who You Are: Behaviorism and Social Learning Theory||15|
||The Cognitive System and the Personality System||
|4/25||Cognitive Processes and Personality||
||Exam 3 (During Final Period)
Course grades will be determined by the following formula:
There will be three exams. Each exam will cover material from both the text (approximately 50%) and lecture (approximately 50%). The exams will contain both multiple choice and essay items. All items will relate in some manner to the course objectives.
The group project will be a psychological analysis of the characters in a scene that is developed in the Acting class portion of the cluster. Each team member will write a formal analysis of the character he or she is acting, basing the analysis on the development, traits, dispositions, goals, cultural context and emotional/cognitive processes of the character. The team will select a specific current personality theoretical perspective to interpret the characters and contrast the character portrayals using a modern theory to one that would use a more classic personality theory approach. A verbal class performance (including acting demonstrations) and an annotated bibliography will be presented to the class. Peer review is part the grading for this project.
The mastery system below will be used for the assignment of grades.
College policy concerning attendance will be enforced. Exams may be made up if the student presents evidence of a medical emergency. As soon as possible, students who are unable to attend class should make arrangements to make up lost work. It is impossible to make up participation in discussion and activities.
Students should refrain from speaking while their instructor or another student is speaking. Students who continue to "chat" while others are engaged in course discussion will be asked to leave the class.
Using the work of others without proper citation is plagairism. Students who are found to have plagairized on any assignment will automatically fail the course. All instances of plagairism will be reported to the academic dean according to college policy.
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