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Undergraduate | SWI-PSY30008 | 2023

Psychology of Personality

Take learning, narrative and psychoanalytic approaches to studying personality. Look deep into the unconscious. Learn how early childhood experiences can shape personality traits. Gain an understanding of how personality disorders are characterised.

Study method
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023
  • 28 Aug 2023

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About this subject

  • Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

    • Explain the main features of some of the major perspectives on the psychology of personality (e.g., psychoanalytic/neoanalytic; trait, motive, learning and social-cognitive approaches, and the narrative approach).
    • Describe elements of historically important theories within each perspective.
    • Discuss some major elements of contemporary theories within each perspective.
    • Critically evaluate how various approaches to personality explain specific issues such as the unconscious, the self, personality change, the effect of early childhood experiences, the effect of motivation on personality.
    • Explain how an integration of many of these theories leads to a better understanding of individual differences in personality.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of


You must also complete two of the following three subjects: SWI-PSY20006, SWI-PSY20007 and/or SWI-PSY20016

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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Student feedback

7 student respondents between: 17 July - 17 July 2023.

100%of students felt the study load was manageable

100%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

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