Theories of Personality

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 5153
Section Number
PSYC 5153
Summer II 2012
O'Donohoe Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times



PSYC 5153, Theories of Personality

Summer II, 2012


Paul C. Guthrie, Ph.D.


Phone:  397-4178



Text:    Ewen, R. B. (2003). An introduction to theories of personality (7th ed.). Mahwah, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates


Course Description:  While this is usually a lecture course, the realities of the summer session require some revision to the standard format. First, and foremost, you will be required to keep up with the reading assignments, and be prepared to discuss the readings each day in class. You will be provided a template with questions to answer as you read, but this should be viewed as minimal preparation for class. We will make extensive use of case studies to apply the information you have learned.


Grades:  Grades will be based on class preparation/participation and one take-home final exam. The final will require you to conceptualize a case-study from a number of theoretical orientations, then compare and contrast the alternative conclusions.


                        Exam                                                   50%

                        Class participation                               50%


Attendance Policy:  Graduate students are expected to make every effort to attend all classes. Failure to do so reflects on your commitment and professionalism, and will be taken into account in your evaluations.


Tentative Lecture, Reading and Exam Schedule


Week 1


7/5       Introduction to the class

7/6       Introduction to Theories of Personality. 

Ewen, Chapter 1

            Millon, Chapter 1, 1983 text

7/7       Freud

            Ewen, Chapter 2

7/8       Jung

            Ewen, Chapter 3





Week 2


7/12     Adler

            Ewen, Chapter 4

7/13     No class

7/14     Horney

            Ewen, Chapter 5

7/15     Erikson

            Ewen, Chapter 8


Week 3


7/19     Fromm,

            Ewen, Chapter 6

7/20     Object Relations Theory

            Cashdan, Chapters 1 & 2

7/21     Allport

            Ewen, Chapter 12

7/22     Cattell, Eysenck, & the 5-Factor Model

            Ewen, Chapter 13

            Goldberg (American Psychologist, 48, 26-34)


Week 4


7/26     Kelly

            Ewen, Chapter 15

7/27     Rogers

            Ewen, Chapter 9

7/28     Maslow

            Ewen, Chapter 10

7/29     May

            Ewen, Chapter 11


Week 5


8/2       Skinner

            Ewen, Chapter 14

8/3       Bandura         

            Ewen, Chapter 16

8/4       Millon

            Chapter 3, 1996 text

8/5       Final Exam due

Dr. Paul C. Guthrie (view Profile)

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