2017-2018 Academic Year / Fall Semester

Instructor: Merve Topcu, PhD

Course assistant: Merve Denizci Nazlıgül, MA 

Course Description

The course aims to give students a general introduction about personality theories in psychology. Moreover, students will be equipped with research methods in personality research. Psychoanalytic, behaviorist, humanist and cognitive theories will be discussed in the scope of this course.

Course Objectives

This course aims to improve students’ knowledge about personality theories. At the end of the course students will know different types of personality theories, differences, and similarities among these theories.

Text Book

Theories of personality, 7th edition, Feist and Feist.


This is a must course for Psychology majors.


There will be 1 Mid-Term, 1 role-play (group), and 1 Final exam. Questions could be multiple choice, yes/no, and open-ended questions.  Final exam will be a cumulative one.


Mid Term I 30% 

Role Play 15%

Final 55%


  • For make-up exams you must contact me, directly.
  • There could be bonus point activities, please strictly follow the courses.
  • Role-plays will be informed to the instructor beforehand. The group size will be informed by the instructor after the registrations are finalized. Role plays will be about a personality theory or a combination of two personality theories. A program will be arranged according to role-plays and students are responsible from those role plays in their exams.

 Important Note: All assignments must be done ON YOUR OWN. Note that academic dishonesty includes not only cheating, fabrication, and PLAGIARISM, but also includes helping other students commit acts of academic dishonesty by allowing them to obtain copies of your work. Cases of academic dishonesty will be dealt with harshly. If the student is found to be responsible of academic dishonesty, the typical sanction results in a grade of “FF”. More serious instances can result in expulsion from the university.


Tentative Course Schedule


Important notes


1st week

(September 27-28, 2017)


Welcome, Syllabus

Introduction to Personality Theory

2nd week


Freud: Psychoanalytic theory

3rd week


Klein: Objects relations theory

4th week


Adler: Individual psychology

5th week


Jung: Identity

6th week

(November 1-2, 2017)

Wednesday: Midterm Thursday: Course

Erikson: Neoanalytic Stage Theory

7th week


Maslow: Holistic-Dynamic Theory

8th week


Rogers - Person-Centered Theory

9th week


Skinner - Behavioral Analysis

10th week


Bandura: Cognitive Social Theory

11th week


Trait and Factor Theories

12th week



13th week

Last week


14th week