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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC221 Course ID: 3743 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides a broad overview of theories of personality. Course content includes psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic perspectives, and examines contributions of major theorists from each school, key theoretical points from each perspective, critiques of the value (and the limitations) of each theory.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

In completion of this course, the student will:

1.Examine the major theories of human personality
2.Compare methods of research used to study personality development
3.Examine the impact of cultural differences on the formation of personality
4.Analyze the relationship between personality and the concepts of love and hate
5.Identify characteristics of abnormal personality development
6.Apply a theory of personality to personal life experiences and orientations

Readings and Written Assignments– Assignments in this course require reading and synthesis of and response to classroom content.

The formal paper assignments must be submitted in MSWord (.doc or .docx, not .wps or .wpd) and must be the student’s original work (in his/her own words with NO COPYING from the textbook, Internet sources or any other published materials), and must include proper source crediting in both the paper body and an attached References page for any paraphrasing or quotes of published authors’ work, the latter of which, quotes, should be used very sparingly. The majority of the writing must be paraphrasing (restating what one reads in one’s own words). Excessive quoting will result in significant point loss. Course instructors need to assess students’ grasp of concepts and see evidence that they know the meaning of the authors’ ideas and how they apply to course concepts rather than an ability to assemble numerous quotes.

Collaboration on coursework, unless so assigned by the course instructor, is not allowed.


Participation in six weekly forums assignments is required for this course. Replies must include the name of the fellow student being replied to and the specifics of his or her post that motivated the reply, and include related thoughts and insights of the student replying. The initial post is due by Wednesday and replies to classmates are due by Sunday at the end of each scheduled forum week. Forums are academic dialogs in which informal instant messaging style language or casual socializing should be avoided along with opinion unless the latter is instructed by the course instructor.

My Personality Theory Paper: Each student will write a 7-page paper, not including the Title and Reference pages, describing a personality theory from the course that you believe best describes how you developed your personality and relating it to your personal life experience. Instructions for this assignment are located on the classroom Assignments page. This assignment is due in week four.

Theory Compare / Contrast Paper: For this assignment, you will write a paper 7 pages in length, not including required cover and Reference pages, which compares and contrasts two personality theories from the course. You are free to select from among the several theories covered in the course to date, but only two theories may be used. Instructions for this assignment are located on the classroom Assignments page. This assignment is due in week six.

Learning Reflection Journal is a compilation of weekly learning reflections you'll independently write about across Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7. During each of the assigned weeks, you will write two paragraphs, each 300 words in length (i.e., 600 words total). The first paragraph will describe a topic that you found particularly interesting during that week and what made it interesting, and the second paragraph will describe something that you have observed occurring in the real world that exemplified that topic. Only one topic may be recorded in the journal for each assigned week and your observed real word occurrence must be clearly related to it.

In week 7, these five journal entries will be submitted together, merging these weekly experiences into a single document. The summary document should conclude with an additional two summary paragraphs (500 hundred words in length), integrating your thoughts and insights about the experience.

This assignment is due in week seven and instructions for this assignment are located on the classroom Assignments page.

Final Exam: The comprehensive, open book Final Exam is in the Tests & Quizzes page in the classroom. This test is not proctored or timed. Students will have from Monday, when the exam opens, until the following Sunday of its scheduled week to complete and submit it. This assignment is due in week eight.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.33 %
Week 2 Forum 5.33 %
Week 3 Forum 5.33 %
Week 5 Forum 5.33 %
Week 6 Forum 5.33 %
Week 7 Forum 5.33 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Learning Reflection Journal 16.00 %
Learning Reflection Journal (Week Seven) 16.00 %
My Personality Theory Paper 16.00 %
My Personality Theory Paper (Week Four) 16.00 %
Theory Review Paper 16.00 %
Theory Compare / Contrast Paper (Week Six) 16.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.