Personality Theory & Human Behaviour

Subject PSYT90007 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

August, Parkville - 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 requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Frances Minson


Academic Contact:

Dr Leonardo Rodriguez

Dr Fran Minson

Administrative contact:

Aris Cologon

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.
  • Formulate a person’s internal and interpersonal psychological world in terms of relevant theories of personality and psychological functioning
  • Critically appraise these theoretical approaches in terms of their commonalities and differences
  • Recognise how research into this subject is conceptualised and carried out
  • Critically analyse the literature in this field
  • Relate the role of these approaches in the psychotherapies and clinical psychiatry overall

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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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