Psychology of Personality [CRN 77136]

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Gingerich
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1510
End: 1630
Field Work: Day 1 - Monday, 19 September | Greece
Prerequisites: One (1) general psychology course Download Syllabus

Personality refers to a person’s characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving, and the mechanisms that explain and underlie those patterns; in other words, it is about being a person. Personality influences our motivations, choices, attitudes, and performance in virtually every aspect of our lives, including our work, relationships, and leisure activities. In this course, special emphasis will be given to the role of socio-cultural, situational, and gender influences on personality and to research examining personality across the globe. Students will learn about the major historical and contemporary theories of personality, and about research and assessment methods used by psychologists to measure and understand personality. We will talk about how personality unfolds over the lifespan, and about issues of stability and change. We will also explore some significant applications of personality research in various areas of psychology, including clinical, social, cognitive, health, and vocational psychology.

Field Work

Country: Greece
Day: 1 - Monday, 19 September

This field experience will involve participation in guided discussions and activities with students and faculty at DEREE - The American College of Greece.  Through our discussions and activities, we will learn about life in Greece, and about significant elements of Greek culture as well as about other cultures (depending on the countries of origin of the students at DEREE).  We will identify similarities and differences between our own experiences and home cultures, and those we learn about in the field experience.  We will apply what we learn to the study of personality. Learning objectives:

  1. Learn about life in Greece and in the home countries of students at DEREE through guided interactions and activities
  2. Consider how Greek and other cultures may be similar or different from our own home cultures with regard to age- and gender-related social norms and expectations, family and other relationships, education expectations, etc.
  3. Consider how social, political, religious, and economic factors may affect the behavior of groups and individuals in Greece
  4. Understand how people from other cultures interpret and cope with stress, and how resilience is conceptualized
  5. Learn about the Department of Psychology at DEREE, including research programs and educational emphases, degree requirements, career options for Psychology students in Greece, etc.
  6. Learn about programs for studying personality in Greece, and popular theoretical approaches