Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Symmons


Previously coded PSS2711


A number of approaches to understanding personality will be explored, evaluated and compared in this unit. Topics will include the perspectives offered by Freud, Jung, Erikson, Humanism, Behaviourism, Existentialism, and the personal construct and evolutionary paradigms.


At the conclusion of this unit students will:

  1. Develop an appreciation for the variety that exists within and between the dominant explanations for the origin and function of personality;
  2. Be able to compare and evaluate personality theories;
  3. Engage in self-exploration and reflect on their own personality and attitudes;
  4. Be able to apply a number of approaches to a case study;
  5. Be able to write a scientific report.


Written work: 60% (3000 words)
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mark Symmons

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


ATS1359 or equivalents


BHS2320, ATS2400, ATS3400, GSC2711, PSY3051