ATS2400 - Personality: Beyond the persona - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations


Zachary Russell

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit will introduce students to the development of personality theory from the late 19th century to the present time. It will examine a range of theories reflecting dominant paradigms and the ways in which they shaped contemporary thinking across a number of disciplinary areas including abnormal psychology, psychiatry, sociology and criminology. Each theory will be explored in relation to the historical, cultural and social context from which it emerged and the personal history of the originating theorist.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. familiarity with the major theoretical approaches to personality and individual differences
  2. an understanding of the historical, cultural and social contexts in which these theoretical approaches emerged
  3. an in-depth knowledge of one of the major theoretical approaches to personality and its connections to other disciplines.


Within semester assessment: 60%

Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Behavioural studies.


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