Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 6 15 (7.5) DR K Dhont checkmark-circle


The module provides a comprehensive overview of the main theories in personality and differential psychology and introduces a number of key topics in research on personality and individual differences. We will consider what personality is, why it differs between people, and what the impact is of personality on life outcomes. The module introduces the basic principles of the scientific study of personality and the major dimensions of personality variation. We examine personality change and stability, the biological bases, and genetic and environmental influences. We will also focus on other important individual differences such as mental abilities (intelligence), political attitudes, religious beliefs and sexuality.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

25 hours, formed of lectures and seminars.

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by 60% examination and 40% coursework. The coursework is formed of one essay.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages here :

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate knowledge of personality theories
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the research methods used in the measurement of personality and in the prediction of behaviour from personality
8.3 Demonstrate an Integrative understanding of personality theories.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate critical thinking
9.2 Demonstrate development of writing skills, such as clarity
9.3 Demonstrate development of reading skills
9.4 Demonstrate time management and preparation
9.5 Organise information in a clear way


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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