Brandeis University

    PSYC 31A: Personality

    Instructor: Sonja Krstic
    Prerequisites: PSYC 10A
    Course Description: Learning Goals: Why are people the way they are? What accounts for why different people think, feel, and act differently? The answers to these questions are perhaps the central interest of personality psychologists. The purpose of the course is to introduce you to the most important issues, theories, research, and personality assessment and applications that comprise Personality Psychology as an academic discipline. The course will take both an experiential and a scientific approach to the study of personality. We will devote a good deal of attention to current theoretical and research approaches; classic theories of personality will also be covered. This is primarily a course on the varieties of "normal" personality functioning rather than aspects of psychopathology, however we may briefly touch upon the latter as well. Students will have several opportunities to complete examples of personality measures during the course.Course Objectives:The major objective of this course is to give students a detailed understanding of the nature and dynamics of human personality. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: - Think analytically and critically about personality. - Understand the role of personality in thinking and behavior. - Understand the relative effects of "nature" (innate or inborn influences) and "nurture" (socialization, learning, and cultural influences) on personality.- Critically evaluate various personality theories and their contributions to the modern conceptions of personality - Evaluate and understand research pertaining to personality and personality processes- Understand how personality is operationalized and measured- Think critically about personality assessment and its applications
    Session: Session II
    Day: M, T, W, Th
    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
    Credit Hours: 4 Credits
    Course Format: "Remote Learning" Course for Summer 2022
    Brandeis Graduation Requirement Fulfilled: SS
    Enrollment Limit: 30 students
    Course Classification: Undergraduate Level Course
    Course Tuition: $3,290
    Course Fees: None
    Open to High School Students: No