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PSYC221 - Personality Theories

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
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 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.

Quizzes: Students will complete five short essay quizzes over the course of the semester (weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7). Quizzes will be based on specified textbook chapters. They are open book, but will require careful analysis of chapter content because while some questions will reference direct statements and definitions in the textbook, others will call for more careful reading, synthesis of material and application of critical thinking skills.


Participation in eight weekly forums assignments is required for this course. Each forum requires one original post with a minimum of 300 words and three (3) substantive replies with a minimum of 200 words to the postings of other classmates. 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.

The Learning Reflection Journal requires weekly learning experience reflection across Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 (600 words for each weekly reflection) and a Week 7 Learning Reflection Journal Summary compilation of the reflections into a single document, which concludes with two substantive summary paragraphs that are 500 hundred words in length combined. This assignment is due in week seven and instructions for this assignment are located on the classroom Assignments page.

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.

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 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Quizzes 10.00 %
Short Essay Week 2 2.00 %
Short Essay Week 6 2.00 %
Short Essay Week 3 2.00 %
Short Essay Week 5 2.00 %
Short Essay Week 7 2.00 %
My Personality Theory Paper 13.00 %
My Personality Theory Paper (Week Four) 13.00 %
Learning Reflection Journal 10.00 %
Learning Reflection Journal Summary (Week Seven) 10.00 %
Theory Review Paper 10.00 %
Theory Compare / Contrast Paper (Week Six) 10.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.