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Personal and differential Psychology 7.5 credits

Personlighets och differentiell psykologi
First cycle, P0027A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 4 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and 30 credits completed courses with at least a passing grade in the subject psychology.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
Knowledge and understanding
After completing the course, the student should be able to show knowledge and understanding

  • Of different personality theories and how they can be applied in personality development and in therapeutic context.
  • Of the grounds in differential psychology and the basics of test theory and how it is applied in diagnosis and selection.  

Skills and abilities
After completing the course, the student should be able to show the ability to: 

  • Being able to describe the most established theories in the fields of personality psychology.
  • Being able to orally and in written format present scientific material in the field of personality psychology.
  • Collaborate in groups; plan a smaller project, and apply a critical approach to the scientific literature. 

Evaluation ability and approach:
After completing the course, the student should be able to show the ability to: 

  • Make assessments of theories in the field of personality psychology and its applications.
  • Demonstrate insight into psychological tests and their applications in selection and diagnosis

The course deals with the meaning of concepts and diagnoses linked to personality and also psychodynamic, learning psychological, phenomenological and social-cognitive theories and its applications. Parts of the course will also deal with psychological tests and their applications in selection and diagnosis and include practical elements such as oral and / or written presentation of scientific material in the field.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and group work, but also of a smaller individual work / laboratory that will result in scientific presentations of the work.

Parts of the implementation of the course may take place in English

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is examined through a written individual exam of 6 credits according to the grade scale U, G or VG and a minor scientific work, 1.5 credits according to the grade scale U or G. All included examination parts must be completed for final grades on the course.



Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact HLT:s educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place. 

Study guidance is available in the learning platform Canvas before the start of the course. You cho are a new student will find all the information you need at
You who are already studying at Luleå University of Technology will find information about course start in the schedule on the student web or through the course room in the learning platform which you can reach at ”Mitt LTU”.

Jessica Körning-Ljungberg

Transition terms
The course P0027A is equal to ARP322

Literature. Valid from Spring 2022 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Cervone, D. & Pervin, L. A. (2019). Personality: Theory and Research, 14th Edition, EMEA Edition. Wiley.

Additional literature will be added according to the teacher’s instructions.

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examU G VG *6.00MandatoryA07
0006Oral and written presentationU G#1.50MandatoryA20

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 31 Jan 2007

Last revised
by Anna Öqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Health, Education and Technology 28 Dec 2021