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University of Rhode Island — Psychology
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PSY 235 - Theories of Personality
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSY 113

Catalog Description: Critical survey of the major theories of personality. Emphasis will be placed on the "normal" personality.

Course Goals & Outcomes

By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between various theories of personality
  • Critically analyze personality research
  • Examine human differences
  • Read complex texts
  • Write effectively.
Course Syllabus

This course requires the student to be an active participant in learning. Pedagogical methods include lecture, discussion, audiovisuals, group exercises and activities. Students must demonstrate both their theoretical knowledge of the content via the course exams three short papers.

Class Topics:

  • Personality- What do we mean?
  • Personality tests and assessments
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Biological Bases of personality
  • Social and cognitive theories of personality
  • Psychology and Philosophy: Humanism and Existentialism
About The Professor

This course is taught by multiple instructors; please refer to the URI Course Schedule.

Reasons To Take This Course

PSY 235 meets the Psychology major requirement to take two of the following three courses: PSY 232, PSY 235, and PSY 254. This course will provide the student with insight to the complex work of personality theory. The student will review various theories of personality. It is a prerequisite for PSY 464.

Cool Links
  • This website deals with scientific study of personality theory for students, professionals, and general use.
  • This website was created for undergraduate and graduate courses in Personality Theories.