Individual Differences

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Individual Differences

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Short Description

    To build on the study of theories of intelligence and personality covered at Level 2 by introducing a series of key topics within the area of individual differences.


    Formal written examination 100%
    Main Assessment In: April/May

    Course Aims

    To build on the study of theories of intelligence and personality covered at Level 2 by introducing a series of key topics within the area of individual differences. To inform the students on current statistical thinking in psychometrics and the key debates in human abilities measurement. To develop the students' understanding of the major theoretical approaches to the study of personality including Freudian theory, the lexical approach, the trait measurement approach.
    To introduce the evidence for the 'Big 5' and compare and contrast Eysenck and Cattell's theory.
    To summarise the evidence on genetics, and personality, and gene environment interactions.emphasising the brain mechanisms involved in personality

    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

    By the end of the course students will be able to :
    - Explain the various types of validity: face, content, criterion and construct.
    - Analyse the role of factor analysis in construct validity critically.
    - Review the key episodes in the historical development of IQ tests.
    - Explain the evidence on IQ and genetics.
    - Outline the evidence on group differences in IQ.
    - Appraise the ideological aspects of the 'race and IQ' debate.
    - Criticise the legal and ethical issues involved in psychometric assessment.
    - Criticise the attempts to extend he concept and measurement of intelligence beyond that of a general intelligence factor
    - Analyse test validity critically.
    - Explain what is meant by Personality Theory in Context;
    - Define the key concepts in the Psychoanalytic Approach to personality;
    - Critically evaluate the developments of Freudian Theories and criticise its evidential basis;
    - Critically evaluate evidence for the Trait Approach to Personality;
    - Evaluate evidence on the comprehensiveness of the 'big five' in explaining variability in personality

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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