Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2014 (Day)
Berwick Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Francesca Collins


Previously coded PSS2711


Our personality makes us who we are. It affects how we interact with people, how we behave, and the things we like and dislike. Despite its involvement in everything we do, there is no single universally accepted explanation of how and when personality develops, or how changeable it is. This unit explores a range of approaches to understanding personality and allows new insight into the student's own personality and that of others.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the variety that exists within and between the dominant explanations for the origin and function of personality;
  2. Compare and critically evaluate personality theories;
  3. Engage in self-exploration and reflect on their own personality and attitudes;
  4. Understand and the complex interplay between biology and environment in personality development and function;
  5. Apply personality theories in order to explain and predict an individual's behaviour.
  6. Appreciate the complexity and uncertainty around personality disorders


Written work(2700 words): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week

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


ATS2400, ATS3400,PSY3051