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Personality and its Disorders
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate 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.
- Develop and communicate a personal viewpoint on an array of personality psychology issues through writing and peer discussion
- Critically evaluate and synthesise relevant personality literature in a written essay.
- 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:one of
- MAQ-PSYX2234-Social and Personality Psychology
- MAQ-PSYX234-Social and Personality Psychology (No longer available)
20cp at 2000 level including (PSYX234 or PSX2234) or (PSY234 or PSYU2234) NCCW (pre-2020 units) PSY336 NCCW (2020 and onwards) PSYU3336 Personality and its Disorders
- Other requirements -
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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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 subject 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.
- Research plan (10%)
- 1500 word essay (50%)
- Take home examination (40%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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