Fall 2004

Classroom: A1 264

Class Time: 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM T & Th

INSTRUCTOR: R. Beneckson

DM 285



Office Hours: Th 2-4 PM

This course is a study of the major personality theories that modern psychology has to offer. The term personality refers to a pattern of relatively permanent traits, dispositions, or characteristics that give some consistency to human behavior. We will seek to understand and apply the theories, and also to understand criticisms of the theories. As we study each theory we will examine original writings by the theorists, as well as how psychotherapy is influenced by the theoretical explanations provided by the theory.

Textbooks: Feist & Feist, Theories of Personality, fifth edition. McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Ashcraft, Personality Theories Workbook, 2nd Ed. Thompson, 2003.

Basic Requirements:

This course will be taught through study of the textbooks, lecture, video programs, discussion, student presentations, and dialogue. Class participation will be highly emphasized and rewarded. There will be 2 exams, with multiple choice and/or true/false questions.

Each student will be required to work on a personality analysis project that will take the entire semester. This project will be explained in more detail at the first class.

Grading: Your final grade in the course is based on the total of the 2 exams (the highest score will be counted twice), the personality project, plus extra credit points, plus credit for the class presentation, plus points for random attendance checks, and class participation. Exams are worth 100 points each. The personality project is worth a maximum of 45 points. Each student is required to participate in a small group presentation based on a case in the book Personality Theories Workbook. The maximum for the class presentation is 10 points. Other extra credit points depend on the specific project, but generally are between 5 and 10 points.

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Course Policies: Please be aware of the following course policies as they can have an effect on your grade in the course.

Exam policy: Do not arrive late or fail to show up for an exam. If you arrive 15 minutes after the exam has started you will not be allowed to take it. In the event of medical emergency, you must provide an official notice from your physician, if accepted, alternative arrangements will be made. See the instructor for permission to make up an exam.

Academic dishonesty: Instances of cheating will be not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with policies established by Florida International University. Please refer to the Student Handbook.

Classroom conduct: Arriving late, leaving early, or otherwise being disruptive during lectures will not be tolerated. If you know in advance that you will arrive late/leave early, notify the instructor prior to class. Please turn off cell phones and beepers during class.

Related concerns: If at anytime during the semester you are concerned about your progress, please feel free to speak to me about it. My office hours are Monday thru Thursday 2:30 - 5:00 PM.

Extra Credit: There will be the opportunity to earn extra credit at the community garden the psychology department maintains. In addition, short research papers may be done for extra points with the permission of the instructor. See the instructor for more information.

Course Outline: Below are the scheduled lecture topics and corresponding textbook chapters. Please make every effort to read the chapter prior to lecture. Lectures will also present material not found in the textbook. This schedule is subject to change based on the progress of the class. Therefore, it is essential that you come to class regularly to keep abreast of any changes.


Topic: Textbook: Feist, Ashcraft

Section 1:

Chapter 1, and Personality Test, http://cac.psu.edu/~j5j/test/ipipneo1.htm

Freud: Psychoanalysis Chapter 2, Ashcraft: 1, 2

Jung: Analytical Psychology Chapter 4, Ashcraft: 3, 4

Adler: Individual Psychology Chapter 3, Ashcraft: 7, 8

Klein: Object Relations Theory Chapter 5, Ashcraft: Section 2 Case 1

Horney: Psychoanalytic Social Theory Chapter 6, Ashcraft: 9, 10

Erikson: Post Freudian Theory Chapter 9, Ashcraft: 5, 6

Sullivan: Interpersonal Theory Chapter 8, Ashcraft: 13, 14

Test 1

Section 2:

Skinner: Behavioral Analysis Chapter 10, Ashcraft: 21, 22

Bandura: Social Cognitive Theory Chapter 11, Ashcraft: 23, 24

Rotter and Mischel: Cognitive Social Learning Theory Chapter 12, Ashcraft: Sec. 2, Case 2, 3 21

Cattell and Eyesenck: Trait and Factor Theories Chapter 13, Ashcraft: 25, 26

Allport: Psychology of the Individual Chapter 14, Ashcraft: Sec. 2 Case 5,

Section 3:

Kelly: Psychology of Personal Constructs Chapter 15, Ashcraft: 19, 20

Chapter 7, Ashcraft: 11, 12

Rogers: Person Centered Theory Chapter 16, Ashcraft: 17, 18,

Maslow: Holistic-Dynamic Theory Chapter 17, Ashcraft: 15, 16

May: Existential Psychology Chapter 18, Ashcraft: Sec 2, Case 6

Test 2 Tuesday Decemember 14 12:30 PM to 3:15 PM

Please, when you write your journals, leave two spaces between sentences. This makes you look like you passed the Gordon rule requirements and your English classes. Also, when using “quotation marks,” make sure that any periods or commas are included within the “marks,” understand? This is proper English usage in writing.