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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY3023 Module Title: INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.332
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: WINSTONE NE Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Available to final year PSY/APS students. This is a compulsory module. Runs in semester two.
Assessment Pattern

1) one 2000 word coursework essay * [25%]

 2) one 90 minute examination [75%]

* this will be a critical assessment of a psychological test of the student’s own choosing.




Module Overview
All Level 2 Psychology modules
Module Aims
The module aims to introduce students to the major approaches to individual differences and evaluate their contemporary relevance and applied value.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to critically evaluate each of the main approaches to normal and abnormal personality, and compare and contrast the main features of these approaches.  Students should also bel able to take a critical approach to contemporary theories of intelligence and ability, and to consider the implications of individual differences research for applied areas of psychology.
Module Content

Genetic and enviromental influences on personality and intelligence; contemporary issues in individual differences; Freud and neo-Freudian developments; The trait approach to personality; evolutionary personality psychology; The humanistic approach to personality; Implications for education and counselling Contemporary approaches to intelligence; emotional intelligence; Intelligence and educational testing; Individual differences and interpersonal relationships.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and discussion
Selected Texts/Journals

A list of recommended reading will be provided for each lecture.  Students are also expected to read beyond these sources.

Cooper, C. (2002) Individual differences. London: Arnold.
Maltby,J., Day,L., & Macaskill,A. (2010). Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence (2nd ed). London: Hodder Education.
Pervin, L.A. (2003). The Science of Personality (2nd Ed.). New York: OUP.

Sternberg, R.J. (Ed). (2000). Handbook of Intelligence.  New York: Cambridge University Press.
Sternberg, E.J.[edt.] 2000 Handbook of Intelligence. Cambridge.

European Journal of Personality
Journal of Personality
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Journal of Personality Assessment
Journal of Research in Personality
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Personality and Social Pasychology Review
Personality and Individual Differences

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