PSY401 Advanced Personality Theory (8)

This subject assists students to build further on their undergraduate study of theories of personality and achieve critical understanding of the relevance of those theories in the professional work of psychologists. The applicability of personality theories to counselling and psychotherapy is studied and students are encouraged to articulate their own personality theory and rationale.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (4th year), Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an accurate knowledge of the present state of personality psychology
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues and status of personality research and evaluation
  • be able to develop a working method for evaluating the utility of theory and knowledge in personality psychology
  • be able to critically analyse how theory and empirical data might eventually be integrated into a grand explanation of human behaviour
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of how to apply theoretical knowledge to psychotherapeutic interventions
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the knowledge building processes of theory through logical and measured evaluation of current knowledge and controversy in personality psychology
  • be able to demonstrate the development of organised and efficient study habits


This subject will cover the following topics:

- personality theories' application to the professional activities of psychologists - personality theories and counselling and psychotherapy - ethics of psychological practice - psychodynamic theories - phenemenological theories - cognitive theories - learning theories

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.No changes to the purpose or activities of the existing residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.