Fall 1998
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12:15 in G-24 Cathedral of Learning

Professor: Dr. Irene Hanson Frieze                                                                                 Assistant: Bonka S. Boneva
E-mail: FRIEZE                                                                                                            E-mail: BONA
Office: 426 Langley Hall (624-4336)                                                                               Office: 257 Langley Hall (624-4420)
Office hours: Tues 9:30-10:30                                                                                        Office hours: Weds 3:30-4:30
    or by appointment


Course Description:

This introductory course is an overview of psychological research of human personality. Topics include theories about the nature of personality, group differences in personality traits, psychodynamic and motivational explanations of personality, individual differences in responses to stress, self esteem and self concept, changes in personality over the lifespan, biological explanations of personality, and the influence of personality on life tasks.


The student should have completed one of the Introduction to Psychology course before taking this course.

Required Text:

Cloninger, S. (1996). Personality: Description, Dynamic, and development. New York: W. H. Freeman. [ISBN 0-7167-28257]

Methods of Evaluation: [1000 regular points]. The course is graded on a point basis such that:

        A+ = 975 and above                         C+ = 775 and above
        A = 925 and above                           C = 725 and above
        A = 900 and above                           C- = 700 and above
        B+ = 875 and above                         D+ = 675 and above
        B = 825 and above                           D = 625 and above
        B- = 800 and above                          D- = 600 and above

Regular Points [1000] can be earned in any of the following ways:

Extra Credit Points: Up to 90 extra points can be earned. These are added to regular points in computing the total points for the final grade.  
Lecture/Discussion Topics

September 1. Overview of the course.

September 3. The scientific study of personality.

September 8 - 10. General beliefs about personality. Personality attributions. September 15 - 17. Personality traits. Trait theories. First student multiple choice questions due in class September 29 by 11 a.m.

September 22 - 29. Specific traits. Male-female differences. Race and ethnic differences in traits.

September 27. Review for exam.
Multiple Choice Study Questions: Set 1
                                                             Set 2
                                                             Set 3
October 1. First exam.

October 6 - 13. Unconscious aspects of personality.

October 13 - 20. Motivation. October 20 - 29. Stress and coping. Personality and illness. October 29 - November 5. Self esteem. Self knowledge. November 5. Review for exam.
Multiple Choice Study Questions: Set 1
                                                     Set 2
                                                     Set 3

November 10. Second exam.

November 12 - 17. Lifespan personality. Does the personality change?

November 19 - December 3. Genetic basis of personality. Emotions. November 24. No class!

Third student multiple choice questions due in class December 10, 11 a.m.

December 8 - 10. Personality in daily life.

December 10: Review for exam.
Multiple Choice Study Questions: Set 1
                                                              Set 2
                                                              Set 3

December 16 (Wednesday). Third exam. 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Specific page numbers from the text that students are responsible for and some additional readings will be provided in lecture.