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Personality and its Disorders
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- 27 Jul 2020
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On successful completion, a student will be able to:
- Gain a basic insight into central issues in contemporary personality research within a global context
- Learn of the variety of approaches to the study of personality, and their relevance to understanding psychopathology, everyday life, and research
- Learn how to read critically, to take your own stance on an array of issues in writing and in discussion with your peers
- Write an essay that synthesises a body of material and argues for an original position
- Acquire enough background knowledge to direct further studies in the area
- Learn how to communicate effectively during group discussions
- 1. Unit Introduction
- 2. Culture and personality
- 3. Traits and evolutionary psychology
- 4. Psychodynamic theories: trauma and personality
- 5. Essay writing and critical thinking
- 6. Personality disorders and culture
- 7. Dissociative identity disorder and culture
- 8. A culture of Narcissism
- 9. Personality around the world
- 10. The Dark Triad and popular culture
- 11. Personality and cyberculture
- 12. Personality and transcending the self
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
2 PSYX units at 2000 level (including PSYX2234)
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit considers theories and contemporary personality research within a global, cultural context. The course focuses upon the relation between personality and culture, self and identity, and issues surrounding psychopathology and personality disorders. The unit examines the current debates and controversies in personality research by considering the implications of cross-cultural evidence. The course also applies a cross-cultural perspective to examining approaches to personality pathology, including understanding dissociative identity disorder, the culture of narcissism, psychopathy, and the Dark Triad/Tetrad. The adaption of personality within cyber-space is also considered. There is a strong emphasis on developing critical thinking skills and appreciating global diversity for understanding personality.
- 500 word essay (10%)
- 1500 word essay (50%)
- Multiple choice and essay invigilated exam (40%)
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