Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Symmons


Previously coded PSS2711


Our personality makes us who we are. It affects how we interact with people, how we behave, and the things we like and dislike. Despite its involvement in everything we do, there is no single universally accepted explanation of how and when personality develops, or how changeable it is. This unit explores a range of approaches to understanding personality and allows new insight into the student's own personality and that of others.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the variety that exists within and between the dominant explanations for the origin and function of personality;
  2. Be able to compare and critically evaluate personality theories;
  3. Engage in self-exploration and reflect on their own personality and attitudes;
  4. Consider how individuals are the same, similar and unique;
  5. Understand how genetics and environment might separately and interactively impact upon personality development;
  6. Apply personality theories in order to explain and predict an individual's behaviour.


Written work(2700 words): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week

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


ATS1840 or ATS1359 or equivalent


BHS2320, ATS2400, ATS3400,PSY3051