Personality Theory & Human Behaviour

Subject 554-611 (2008)

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Credit Points: 18.750
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 weeks x 3.5-hour seminars
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Professor S Bloch, Dr L Rodriguez
Subject Overview:

The focus of this subject is the study of the theory of personality and of human behaviour and its clinical and therapeutic implications. The chief aim of the course is to consider the various theoretical approaches, which have been applied in order to understand an individual's intra and interpersonal psychological world. Topics covered include:

  • the concept of personality;
  • different theoretical approaches to the conceptualisation of personality and psychological functioning and the relationship between these approaches; and
  • application of these different approaches to clinical practice, particularly psychotherapeutic treatment.
Assessment: A 4000-word essay
Prescribed Texts:

Bloch, S (Ed) (2007) An Introduction ofthe Psychotherapies, 4th edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Engler, B (2007) Personality Theories: An Introduction, 7th edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston

Gay, P (ed) The Freud Reader, NY: Vintage, 1995

Gabbard, G., Beck J., Holmes J. (eds) (2005) Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, Oxford University Press

Monte, C. F. (1999) Beneath the Mask: An Introduction to Theories of Personality, Academic Press (6th edition)

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Psychiatry

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