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322R_F2009_Foxall

322R_F2009_Foxall - Psychology 322R F09 Department of...

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Psychology 322R F09 Department of Psychology Renison College PSYC 322-R Personality theory Fall 2009 Instructor :         Kathy Foxall E-mail:         UW ACE  Classroom & time     Thursday evening 6:30-9:20 in room 2102 Renison.   Office: 0208 Renison (in the older section of the building) Office Hours : Thursday 5:00-6:15, and other times by appointment.  My office is a mailroom shared with about 16 people  and a photocopier, so if I am not in my office during my office hours check the cafeteria. Please feel free to  approach me in the cafeteria during my “office hours,” even if I am speaking to someone else. As well, feel free  to make an appointment if the scheduled time does not work for you.  Course Description : In this course we will consider classic and contemporary personality theories, and evaluate their usefulness  in understanding human behaviour.  Recent empirical findings will be considered, and we will study methods  used in personality assessment.  It is hoped that this course will be meaningful to you, and will lead you to a  deeper intellectual and personal understanding of the complexity of human behaviour. Anti-requisites: Psych 355 and 356.  If you have transfer credits from another institution on the topic of  personality please check with the psychology department about whether you should take this course.   Required Text: Ryckman, R.M.  (2008). Theories of personality. Toronto, ON: Wadsworth/Thomson Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth. UW ACE Course notes, syllabi, and announcements will be posted on UW ACE Classes will include lecture material, case histories, classroom activities, and videos. Some of the videos are from my personal collection,  and some can be found on Youtube.  I will be posting lecture notes on the course site on UW ACE, and you will probably want to add to  these notes during the lecture.  Please be aware that these notes are not a substitute for class attendance. Note that due to past losses I  do not loan videos from my personal collection. Course objectives 1.  Students will develop a healthy skepticism of popular approaches that attribute personality formation to one or two vivid events  or periods of life.  2. Students will develop a deeper appreciation of the great complexity and unpredictability of human behaviour.  It is hoped that  students will also come to understand the limits of their own knowledge in a discipline where it is common for members of the  general public without any special knowledge our scholarly training to believe that they are “experts.”   4.  Students will develop a broad understanding of the  field of personality psychology, and will also develop detailed knowledge in 
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