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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Symmons


Previously coded PSS2711


This unit will examine personality from a series of perspectives broadly represented by the psychoanalytic, phenomenological, dispositional and behavioural approaches. Significant theorists representing these approaches will be studied and their theories evaluated and compared. Particular attention will be paid to Adler, Fromm and Horney; May, Maslow and Rogers; Eysenck, Skinner and Bandura. The challenges raised by social, existential and humanistic approaches will be emphasised.


At the conclusion of this unit students should be able to identify and compare personality theories; evaluate their validity and utility; argue their merits and limitations; exhibit analytic skills required for the evaluation of their philosophic foundations; develop explanations for the manifestation of normal and abnormal behaviour; identify the limits of personality theories; demonstrate an awareness of alternative paradigms derived from systemic models; engage in self-exploration and reflect on their own personality and beliefs; and identify and interpret current events using constructs derived from this unit.


Written work: 50% (2500 words)
2 hour Exam: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mark Symmons

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


ATS1359 and ATS1360 or equivalents


BHS2320, ATS2400, ATS3400, GSC2711, PSY3051