PSY305 Psychology of Personality (8)


This subject examines the descriptive and causal aspects of personality and individual differences. It explores the major approaches to the study of personality and current research in personality. The subject considers how each theory answers such basic questions as the nature of human personality and motivation, the process of personality development, and the factors influencing the development of both normal and maladaptive forms of behaviour. Each theory is also evaluated in terms of some of the important theoretical issues in the study of personality.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

PSY201 and (PSY202 or PSY203 or PSY204 or PSY208)

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students in courses 1415PY or 1425PY who have completed PSY306.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to discuss some important theoretical issues in the study of personality
- be able to outline the main techniques of personality assessment, basic psychometric concepts, (eg. reliability and validity), and describe various methods of test construction
- be able to evaluate current research in personality, and describe the different research methods used
- be able to discuss and evaluate a number of theories from the major traditions in personality theory, and apply these theories in describing behaviour
- be able to think critically and with increased sophistication formulate independent opinions regarding issues in personality


The subject will cover the following topics:
- introduction to personality theory - personality research and assessment - trait theories of personality - psychodynamic theories of personality - humanistic theories of personality - behavioural and social learning theories of personality - current research in personality The subject may also cover some of the following topics: - Biological and evolutionary perspectives on personality - Cognitive processes and personality - Culture and personality - Personality disorders


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.