Undergraduate Course: Causes and Consequences of Personality (PSYL10064)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will give you powerful frameworks to understand and human behaviour: We cover the major domains: What functions does personality serve?; Facets: What is buried inside the 5 domains?; Values as the immediate causes of behaviour; Well-being: How does being happy differ from living a good life?; How can individual differences help us understanding the world: education, relationships, work, abnormal psychology.
Individual differences are now understood as major predictors of life outcomes, social relations, well-being, work. and health. The methods for investigating how personality affects behaviour have also advanced. This course will explore what personality is, what its major dimensions are, and how it impacts on personal and national outcomes.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Degree major in Psychology and passes in Psychology courses at least to the equivalent of Junior Honours level in Edinburgh. Prior agreement with the 4th Year Honours Course Organiser
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Semester 1 Visiting Students Only
3000 word essay (100%)
Essay titles will be provided by the Course Organiser.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Causes and Consequences of Personality||1:30|
| By the end of the course you should be able to discuss, critically and in depth, any findings in individual differences, within an integrative framework of expectations.
|Journals in which a lot of important material is covered are:|
Journal of Personality
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP)
Personality and Individual Differences (PAID)
European Journal of Personality
Journal of Research in Personality
Personality and Social Psychology Review
Journal of Personality Assessment
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Normal personality; life outcomes; personality disorder; psychopathy; well-being
|Course organiser||Prof Timothy Bates
Tel: (0131 6)51 1945
|Course secretary||Ms Catherine Renton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602