psych 252 syllablus

psych 252 syllablus - Bentley University Department of...

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Bentley University Department of Natural and Applied Sciences Syllabus: PS 252 Dynamics of Personality Fall 2009 Professor: George Sousa, Ed.D., M.B.A. Email: [email protected] Office: Morison 181 Phone: 781-891-2652 Office Hours:Tuesday: 11:30-12:30 ; Wednesday: 12:45-2:00 or by appointment Course Description:   This course investigates the development and stability of those traits and behaviors that remain fairly stable over time and make each human being unique. The biological and genetic inheritance of the individual is examined as it is shaped over time by various external and internal processes including family dynamics, culture, social influence, individual self concept and perception, and ongoing adjustment to situational challenges. Theories of personality are incorporated in a practical way to lend insight into the complexity of human uniqueness. The personality issues that influence behavior in the world of business including cross- cultural sensitivity, achievement, entrepreneurship, relationship building and leadership are explored. Case studies will be used as the primary vehicle for applying theory and understanding personality dynamics.
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Text and Casebook: Larsen, R.J., Buss, D., Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge About Human Nature, 3 rd edition , McGraw Hill, 2008. Isbn: 9780073531908 Ashcraft, D., Personality Theories Workbook, Wadsworth Cengage, 2009 Isbn: 9780495506454 Learning Objectives: Knowledge: Describe and be familiar with the six domains of knowledge in personality psychology. Describe and provide examples of the three levels of personality analysis Discuss the concept of person-situation interaction. Discuss the concept of heritability in relation to personality development Describe the influence of each of the domains upon personality development and dynamics. Skills: Develop an argument articulating the controversies around grand theory vs domain approaches to personality Apply theoretical and conceptual course material to analyze a case study Present issues related to personality as multi- factorial Describe the relationships among the factors involved in person/situation interactions
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Apply the Big 5 factors in the analysis of personality style Discern the cultural, social and gender implications of individual interactions Attitudes: Increased awareness of one’s own cultural biases Increased tolerance for the anxiety related to uncertainty Sensitivity to the gender issues operating in human relationships Deeper appreciation of the origins of and operations of one’s own self-concept Examinations, Assignments, Expectations of Students Class attendance is mandatory. Attention is highly recommended. Computers may be used in class only for course related
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