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ATS2400

Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Arts

Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Coordinator(s)

Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc

Offered

Clayton

  • First semester 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit will introduce students to the development of personality theory from the late 19th century to the present time. It will examine a range of theories reflecting dominant paradigms and the ways in which they shaped contemporary thinking across a number of disciplinary areas including abnormal psychology, psychiatry, sociology and criminology. 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.

Outcomes

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, cultural and social contexts in which these theoretical approaches emerged
  3. an in-depth knowledge of one of the major theoretical approaches to personality and its connections to other disciplines.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Prerequisites

Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Behavioural studies.

Prohibitions

ATS3400, GSC2711, GSC3711, PSS2711, ATS2819