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BHS2711 - Personality: Beyond the persona

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Chris Caras and Kathryn Garland


Caulfield First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit will introduce students to the development of personality theory from the late 19th century to the present time. A range of theories and theorists will be examined reflecting the dominant analytic, phenomenological, humanistic and cognitive paradigms. Each theory will be explored in relation to the historical, cultural and social context from which it emerged and the personal history of the originating theorist. No theory will be viewed in isolation, rather each will be evaluated and compared in relation to the others.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. familiarity with the major theoretical approaches to personality and individual differences.
  2. an understanding of the historical and social contexts in which these theoretical approaches emerged.
  3. an in-depth knowledge of one of the major theoretical approaches to personality and individual differences.


Written work 60%
Class tests 40%

Contact hours

One x 2-hour seminar per week


BHS1711 and BHS1712, or permission


BHS3711, GSC2711,GSC3711

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