PSYC211-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course provides an overview of classic and contemporary theory and research in personality. Approaches to understanding personality will include Freudian and Neo-Freudian perspectives, genetic and evolutionary perspectives, biological perspectives, existential and humanistic perspectives, trait perspectives, and behavioural perspectives. In the laboratory sessions students will take, analyze, and interpret various personality assessment instruments.

The course provides an introduction to classic and contemporary theory and research in personality psychology. Lectures and readings will cover a variety of perspectives on personality, such as: psychoanalytic, genetic and evolutionary, cultural, biological, humanistic, trait, and behavioural. In the laboratory sessions, students will take various personality assessment instruments and participate in experiments to gain first-hand insight into cutting-edge personality research. PSYC211 is recommended preparation for PSYC335 Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC336 Industrial & Organisational Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of the course, you will have:
  • an understanding of key theories in personality psychology, the differences between these theories; and ability to critically evaluate theories of personality;
  • an understanding of the research methods commonly used in personality psychology;
  • the ability to critically evaluate classic and contemporary research methods in personality psychology;
  • hands-on experience via participation in contemporary personality science;
  • the ability to write up a succinct research proposal.


PSYC104, or
PSYC105 and PSYC106

Course Coordinator

Andrew Vonasch


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Laboratory Assignments and Participation 15%
Research Proposal 25%
Test 1 30%
Test 2 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

David Charles Funder; The Personality Puzzle ; 8th Ed; W.W. Norton & Co, 2019 (The textbook is available at the University bookstore. Older editions are also acceptable, although the older the edition, the less similar it will be. It is recommend to avoid anything older than 6th edition unless absolutely necessary).

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC211 Occurrences

  • PSYC211-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021