Psychology of Personality and Abnormal Behaviour

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology of Personality and Abnormal Behaviour

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PS203: Research Methods in the Social Sciences II and PS205: Cognitive Psychology or PS206: Cross-cultural Psychology

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This core course examines the construct of personality, provides an overview of the major paradigms used in personality theory and research and considers their practical implications Historical background and ideological issues are also discussed, including notions of normality and abnormality and personality assessment techniques.
    Learning Outcomes
    - Demonstrate an understanding of the role of Personality Theory in Psychology.
    - Demonstrate an understanding and examine the various approaches utilized in Personality Psychology;
    - Differentiate ways in which personality theories function, e.g. areas of Philosophy, Science and Art.
    - Analyze and explain psychologically healthy (functional) and unhealthy (dysfunctional) human behavior.

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