Course plan

Syllabus Psychology BA (A), Personality Psychology, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: PS126G
  • Subject/Main field: Psykologi
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (A)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Psychology and Social Work
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Date of change: 10/3/2019
  • Version valid from: 1/15/2020


The course gives an overview of the major psychological perspectives on personality, including the background of these perspectives. The course also orients to how personality theory has concrete consequences for views on areas such as development and abnormal behavior. An orientation to personality testing is included in the course.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
• Account for the main features of the major personality theories, compare them indicating similarities and differences mainly regarding the concepts nature and nurture and stability
• Account for the view on personality measurement in different theories
• Give a general account of the state of knowledge regarding the relationship between personality and health and for the role of personality concepts in psychology of the workplace/organizational psychology

Skills and abilities
• With support from the litterature elaborate a discourse on how theories impact the view of man, the structure and dynamic of personality, development and deviation/abnormality
• Give a balanced critical account of the possibilities and problems with personality measurement

Judgement and approach
• Evaluate the different theoretical perspectives based on their theoretical and practical application


The course provides an overview of the major personality theories whilst simultaneously providing a critical perspective on the concept of personality and personality measurement. The nature/nurture issue is illustrated from the viewpoint of personality development. Normal and abnormal personality development, the relation between personality and health and the importance of personality constructs in organizational psychology and the psychology of the workplace are covered in the course.

The course covers the following themes:
The major perspectives on personality and the theory builders behind them
The relation between theory and contemporaneous influences
How theories influence the view of man
The structure, process and development of personality
Diagnostic and personality tests
Personality and psychopathology

Entry requirements

30 credits (ECTS) in psychology.

English B/English 6 from Swedish gymnasium or the equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching takes place in the form of lectures, together with training and reflections in groups.

All parts of the course are part of the examination and seminars, group activities and laboratory sessions are mandatory. Students who are not present may be given a second opportunity the next year or next time the course is offered.

Examination form

1000: Personality psychology, 7.5 hp
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

The course objectives will be examined through active participation in mandatory activities, as well as through written exams.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G)

Other information

Students admitted to the earlier version of the course are entitled to three examinations within one calendar year in accordance with that course syllabus. Thereafter, the students are transferred to the current course syllabus.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Friedman, H. S. & Schustack, M. W.
  • Title: Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Edition: senaste upplagan latest edition
Utöver ovan kurslitteratur tillkommer aktuella forskningsartiklar enligt lärares specifikation.
Research articles, as instructed by the teacher.