SYLLABUS FOR PSYCHOLOGY 311

Theories of Personality

Part of The Persona Cluster
with Introduction to Acting  (THE 311)

Spring Semester 2006
Dr. Sandra K. Webster

Contact Information

Self Portrait of the Instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
• 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.

REQUIRED TEXT

Funder, David C. (2004).  The personality puzzle (3rd Ed.)  New York:W.W. Norton.

COURSE OUTLINE
 

 Date Topic
Chap.
1/19 The Study of the Person
1
1/24 Clues to Personality:  The Basic Sources of Data
2
1/26
Personality Psychology as Science: Research Methods
3
2/2 Personality Traits and Behavior
4
2/7 Personality Assessment I:  Personality Testing and Its Consequences
5
2/9
Personality Assessment II:  Personality Judgment in Daily Life
6
2/14
Group Project Proposals Due

2/14 Using Personality Traits to Understand Behavior
7
2/21 Exam 1
 
2/23
The Anatomy and Physiology of Personality
8
2/28 The Inheritance of Personality:  Behavioral Genetics and Evolutionary Theory
9
3/2 Basics of Psychoanalysis
10
3/9
Group Project Annotated Bibliography Due
3/11 The Workings of the Unconscious Mind:  Defenses and Slips
11
3/12 Psychoanalysis after Freud:  The Neo-Freudians, Object Relations, and Empircal Evidence
12
3/23
Experience, Existence, and the Meaning of Life:  Humanistic Psychology
13
4/6
Group Project Outlines Due
4/11
Exam 2

4/13
Cultural Variation in Experience, Behavior, and Personality
14
4/18
How the World Creates Who You Are:  Behaviorism and Social Learning Theory 15
4/20
The Cognitive System and the Personality System
16
4/25 Cognitive Processes and Personality
17
4/27
Group Project

5/2-4 Group Projects
 
5/10
Exam 3 (During Final Period)

COURSE EVALUATION

Course grades will be determined by the following formula:

Exam 1
25
Exam 2
25
Exam 3
25
Group Project 25
Total
100

Exams
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.

Group Project
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.

Grading Scale
The mastery system below will be used for the assignment of grades.

94-100% 
90-93 
87-89 
83-86 
80-82 
77-79 
73-76 
70-72 
67-69 
63-66 
60-62 
Below 60 
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Class Attendance:
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.

Classroom Courtesy:
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.

Plagairism.
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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