Personality, Motivation, and Emotion
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
1. To become acquainted with the three subject matters of personality, motivation, and emotion.
Studying personality, motivation, and emotion involves familiarity with many different
phenomena, theories, constructs, discoveries, and explanations, and this course will
introduce each of these to help you understand them in some depth.
By participating in class, by reading the textbook, and by reading journal articles,
you will gain an ever-increasing understanding of personality, motivational, and
2. To understand where personality, motivation, and emotion come from and how to
From where does personality come? From where does motivation come?
From where do emotions and emotional reactions come? How does one facilitate
motivation and emotion? Can personality change? What conditions undermine
motivation and emotion? With each passing week, you should become increasingly able
to answer questions such as these, as your understanding grows from a vague,
introductory level to an ever-more specific and sophisticated one.
3. To appreciate personality, motivation, and emotion study from a theoretical, empirical,
and data-based perspective.
Personality, motivation, and emotion study offers theoretical explanations to its questions
(e.g., Why did she do that?), explanations that have been validated through empirical
results (data-based research studies). In trying to answer a question such as, ?How can
teachers increase students? classroom engagement??, this course enables you to articulate a theory-based answer, such as ?Well, according to such-and-such theory, this is where
student engagement comes from, this is why it changes, and this is how you increase it.?
This objective is for you to grow in your capacity to think conceptually and theoretically
about personality, motivational, and emotional issues.
4. To appreciate personality, motivation, and emotion study from a practical, applied, and
This course presents many practical concerns. Some concerns revolve around your own
personality, motivation, and emotion, but most concerns revolve around the personality
development and motivational status of others?but especially the personality, motivation
and emotion of students. Many personality, motivation, and emotional problems exist,
and this course will grow your capacity to solve practical problems and to design
interventions and provide relationships to improve people?s lives.
This objective is for you to grow in the capacity to think practically about personality,
motivational, and emotional issues.
Course on the Web: EKU
The E-Learning Korea University course-specific website available through the EKU (KUPID)
portal is an essential part of this course. Most of the content of the course can be found at this website, including weekly PowerPoint presentations, required readings, recommended readings,
a schedule of textbook readings, class handouts, practice tests, information about writing papers, and course-related links to websites on personality, motivation, and emotion.
Reeve, J. (2015). Understanding motivation and emotion (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Note: This book is not yet available. So, we will start the course with the 5th edition (see below),
and I will give you an update on the availability of the 6th edition.
Reeve, J. (2009). Understanding motivation and emotion (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
-This text is available in the Korea University bookstore.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations