What is the course about?
Personality Psychology is the study of what makes each individual unique. This course will make use of the ‘Five Factor’ Model of Personality to examine the various aspects of what it is that makes each of us the person we are and includes several practical exercises to help participants understand their own personalities.
What will we cover?
The Five Factor Model: its origins and uses, the five factors: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism (Emotional stability).
Personality Disorders: DSM5 categories of eccentric, erratic and avoidant disorders.
Personality, Mood and Emotion: Emotional stability, anxiety and neurosis.
Personality, Thought and Perception: Openness to experience and ideas.
Personality, Motivation and Occupation: Conscientiousness, Introversion and Extroversion at work.
Personality, Politics and Personal Relations: Sociability and getting along with others.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Explain, simply, the background to and use of the Five Factor Model.
Examine, simply, someone’s personality using the Five Factor Model.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is assumed, and the level will tend to adjust to the overall level of participants.. A willingness to
critically and creatively engage with ideas and some basic familiarity with discussion/debate, argument, and
evaluation will be beneficial.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use
numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and
Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The sessions are ‘seminar’ format - i.e., questions and discussion are welcomed and are central to our
thinking through the topics presented. However, given the limitations of time and the different wishes and interests of
participants (some engage more by listening, some more by talking), discussions may sometimes be shortened.
Course topics will be covered by short verbal presentations supported by slides, including any relevant video clips.
Slides and other materials will be available online.
There may be some use of pair or small group work depending on the topic and the preferences of the participants,
and some use of exercises such as personality questionnaires.
There is no set work outside of the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Many personality tests are easiest done online, so if you have a laptop or tablet this would be useful.
You may wish to read the following text:
Nettle, D (2009) Personality: what makes you the way you are, Oxford: OUP.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in the following courses:
Psychology of attachment 2 (PP126)
Psychology of addiction (PP124)
Psychology and counselling (PP104).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details