Course at a Glance
You are about to begin a course that reviews 15 of the most important personality theories that have emerged during the past century. The theories covered in PSYC360: Introduction to Personality provide excellent examples of differing theoretical perspectives regarding the driving forces of human natures and associated basic assumptions about how they operate.
- What is Personality?
- Sigmund Freud
- Carl Jung
- Alfred Adler
- Karen Horney
- Erik Erikson
- Gordon Allport
- Raymond Cattell & Hans Eysenck
- MIDTERM EXAM
- B.F. Skinner
- John Dollard & Neal Miller
- Albert Bandura & Walter Mischel
- David Buss
- George Kelly
- Carl Rogers
- Abraham Maslow
- Rollo May
- FINAL EXAM
It is important to emphasize that theoretical ideas regarding personality development are not restricted to those presented in a textbook. Other ideas could be found today or certainly in the future that extend beyond those presented in this course. This set of theories was selected because of their historic importance in the field of psychology. Additional viewpoints will emerge and earn equal respect over time.
PSYC360: Introduction to Personality should serve, however, to broaden your understanding about fundamental differences of opinion within the field regarding the forces of human nature that influence personality development and functioning.
- Form a deeper understanding of the basic assumptions about the driving forces of human nature described in 15 major theories of personality.
- Form a deeper understanding of the different theoretical perspectives that are typically described in the field of psychology.
- Learn detailed descriptions and definitions of many concepts that have their origins in the 15 major theories of personality reviewed in this course.
Required Textbooks & Materials
Olson, M. H. & Hergenhahn, B. R. (2011). An Introduction to Theories of Personality (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-020579878-0.
Lessons & Exams
You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:
- 16 Lessons
- 2 Proctored Exams
The assignments include chapter readings, exercises and multiple-choice quizzes. The exams are also multiple-choice.
*Course information, including tuition, technology requirements, textbooks, lessons and exams, is subject to change without notice.
• $289.42 per Credit
• Independent Study
• 3 to 9 Months to Complete