Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Major Theories in Psychology

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Sandip Bhaise Major/Minor 4 Psychology Major/Minor  


This course introduces you to a broad range of theories and research methods in understanding personality. We will begin with an introduction to the field of personality psychology; turn to the research methods used to investigate theories of personality; and finally, cover a variety of theories that present diverse perspectives on personality. This link between theories and research methods will be a major theme throughout this course because the theories that personality psychologists hold greatly influence the types of research strategies they use.

 Course Objectives 

  • Students will be able to understand the philosophical assumptions that underlie major theories of personality.
  • Students will learn the basic components of the human and animal learning.
  • Students will learn and understand the application of these theories to future careers in psychology.
  • Lastly, to help student’s understand situations one encounters in everyday life!

 Teaching Methodology 

  • Interactive class discussions on every concept. Small class size
  • Use of articles, news clipping, videos, etc. to further explain concept i.e. enable a practical understanding of the concept.
  • Classroom exercises
  • Evaluations are conducted throughout the semester to ensure that the students’ learning outcomes are appraised. 


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!