THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH

DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2016/2017

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Psychology

Undergraduate Course: Human Personality (PSYL10105)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course will give an overview of the major topics in current personality research. Historical personality theories will not be covered. The main but not exclusive focus will be on the trait approach to personality.
The course will start by introducing the major theoretical concepts and positions in current personality psychology. It will then move on to the assessment of personality traits, their evolutionary, biological and genetic underpinnings and development, their cross-cultural patterns and role in predicting major life-outcomes. The final lecture will be about non-trait personality conceptualizations as well as some other phenomena related to personality.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2 (PSYL08002) AND Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) At the end of each of the first four classes, students will be presented with a question related to the lecture material and related reading. They will be offered practice opportunity to turn in a 250-word response to the question in class the next week.

At the beginning of each class after the first one, the instructor will shuffle the papers received and students will mark the papers of other students and offer feedback comments on them. To help them do this, the instructor will spend 15-20 minutes explaining what to look for in a good answer.

The actual course mark will be based on a 1000-word essay, marked by the instructor, in response to a question posed at the end of the last class period.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Main concepts and theoretical positions in current personality psychology
  2. Major findings in personality genetics and biology and their theoretical relevance
  3. Major findings pertaining to personality trait development
  4. Major findings regarding the predictive validity of personality traits
  5. Some alternative conceptualizations of personality beside the trait approach
Reading List
The main textbook

Matthews, G., Deary, I.J. & Whiteman, M.C. (2009). Personality Traits. 3rd Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Additional and/or background reading

Funder, D. C. (1991). Global Traits: A Neo-Allportian Approach to Personality. Psychological Science, 2, 3139.

Caspi, A., & Roberts, B. W. (2001). Personality Development across the Life Course: The Argument for Change and Continuity. Psychological Inquiry, 12, 4966.

Roberts, B. W., Kuncel, N. R., Shiner, R., Caspi, A., & Goldberg, L. R. (2007). The Power of Personality. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2, 313345.

Cervone, D. (2005). Personality Architecture: Within-Person Structures and Processes. Annual review of psychology, 56, 423452.

Cramer, A. O. J., van der Sluis, S., Noordhof, A., Wichers, M., Geschwind, N., Aggen, S. H., Borsboom, D. (2012). Dimensions of Normal Personality as Networks in Search of Equilibrium: You Cant Like Parties if You Dont Like People. European Journal of Personality, 26, 414431.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Rene Mottus
Tel: (0131 6)50 3410
Email: rene.mottus@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Susan Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
Email: sue.richards@ed.ac.uk
Navigation
Help & Information
Home
Introduction
Glossary
Search DPTs and Courses
Regulations
Regulations
Degree Programmes
Introduction
Browse DPTs
Courses
Introduction
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Prospectuses
Important Information
 
© Copyright 2016 The University of Edinburgh - 3 February 2017 5:10 am