What is the course about?
Personality Psychology is the study of what makes each individual unique. This course will make use of the ‘Five Factor’ Model of Personality to examine the various aspects of what it is that makes each of us the person we are and includes several practical exercises to help participants understand their own personalities.
What will we cover?
The Five Factor Model: its origins and uses, the five factors: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism (Emotional stability).
• Personality Disorders: DSM5 categories of eccentric, erratic and avoidant disorders.
• Personality, Mood and Emotion: Emotional stability, anxiety and neurosis.
• Personality, Thought and Perception: Openness to experience and ideas.
• Personality, Motivation and Occupation: Conscientiousness, Introversion and Extroversion at work.
• Personality, Politics and Personal Relations: Sociability and getting along with others.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Explain, simply, the use of the Five Factor Model.
Examine, simply, someone’s personality using the Five Factor Model.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is assumed, and the level will tend to adjust to the overall level of participants. Any background study of psychology or related areas will be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The sessions are ‘seminar’ format and include short presentations with slides, Q&A and group discussion, pair/small group work depending on the topic and exercises such as personality questionnaires.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Many personality tests are easiest done online, so if you have a laptop or tablet this would be
useful. There is no set work outside of the class.
You may wish to read the following text:
Nettle, D (2009) Personality: what makes you the way you are, Oxford: OUP.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in the following courses:
Psychology of attachment 2 (PP126)
Psychology of addiction (PP124)
Psychology and counselling (PP104).
Political Psychology (PP125)
Forensic Psychology (PP121).
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details