This course will focus on the development of personality theory, major models of personality, the major theorists, and their contributions to the field. Topics include personality development, personality structure, and the potential for change. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- PSY 101: Psychology (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Identify the major theories of personality
- Describe the major contributions to each theoretical school.
- Describe the major structural elements of each personality model.
- Explain the process of how personality develops and the potential for personality change throughout the life cycle in each personality model.
- Explain the concept of how personality develops within each personality model.
- Be able to describe the strengths and weaknesses of each model of personality
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
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Course Activities and Grading
Group Discussions and Posts (10pts. X 8 weeks)
Weekly paper on theories (10 pts. X 8 weeks)
Term Research Paper
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Feist, J, and Robert T. Feist. (2021). Theories of Personality. 10th ed. McGraw-Hill: NYC, NY. ISBN-13: 978-1-260-83862-6 [Looseleaf version]
- Various websites, readings and library (online) sources.
Readings and Exercises
|Topics: Intro to Personality, Freud and Psychoanalysis|
Topics: Adler: Individual Psychology & Jung: Analytical Psychology
Topics: Klein's Object Relations; Horney's PsychoanalyticÂ Social Theory
Topics: Fromm's Humanistic Theory; Erikson's Post Freudian Theory
Topic: Maslow & Roger's Humanistic Theories & May's Existential Theories
Topics: Allport's Dispositional Theory & McCrae & Costa's 5 Factor Trait Theory
Topics: Eyenck & Buss' Biological Theory & Skinner's Behavioral Theory
Topic: Personality Development and Prejudice
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