Outline of the Illustrative Biography [WLO: 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Outline of the Illustrative Biography

[WLO: 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

This week we will begin work on the Week 6 Illustrative Biography final paper/presentation, the primary assignment in this course. For the final assignment, you will be identifying a famous person and creating an illustrative biography using one of the theories presented in this course. If you would like to look forward to the final assignment, you can preview the requirements in the PSY615 Course Guide 

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Please organize your outline using the following sections: description (individual differences), adjustment, cognition, culture, and biology. These topics are discussed in detail in Chapter 1 of your text. This also reflects the organization of the illustrative biographies provided in the text. You may choose to write a paper or create a presentation. Need an example of a webinar? Growing Up Online (Links to an external site.) and Enhancing Online Schooling Experience Through Intentional Connections And Participation (Links to an external site.) are student UAGC Psych Club symposium presentations and are examples of how to present recorded information. (There are many ways to do this. Consider looking at other examples online to assist you.) If you have questions, please ask your instructor.

Prior to beginning this assignment, please read the 15 illustrative biographies provided at the beginning of each chapter in your textbook. These subjects cannot be used in your paper:

  • Chapter 2: Freud: Illustrative Biography: Adolf Hitler
  • Chapter 3: Jung: Illustrative Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Chapter 4: Adler: Illustrative Biography: Malala Yousafzai
  • Chapter 5: Erikson: Illustrative Biography: Mahatma Gandhi
  • Chapter 6: Horney and Relational Theory: Illustrative Biography: Marilyn Monroe
  • Chapter 7: Allport: Illustrative Biography: Mother Teresa
  • Chapter 8: Two Factor Analytic Trait Theories: Illustrative Biography: Sonia Sotomayor
  • Chapter 9: Biological Theories: Serena Williams
  • Chapter 10: The Challenge of Behaviorism: Tiger Woods
  • Chapter 11: Kelly: Richard Nixon
  • Chapter 12: Mischel: Frida Kahlo
  • Chapter 13: Bandura: Barack Obama
  • Chapter 14: Rogers: Illustrative Biography: Maya Angelou
  • Chapter 15: Maslow and His Legacy: George Harrison
  • Chapter 16: Buddhist Psychology: Illustrative Biography: The Dalai Lama

This week you will begin to craft your final assignment by creating an outline. The outline must address the following sections. Please use the following section headers.

Introduction

  • Identify the famous person you have chosen to feature in your illustrative biography. (For additional information about the final paper/presentation, see Week 6.)
    • Identify at least one additional credible source—not your textbook—that you will use to develop this section.

Description

  • List the basic assumptions of the theory you have chosen to base your final paper/presentation.
    • The table of contents for your textbook will help you to identify the main concepts. You can focus your writing on certain concepts in the theory, but please include at least five key concepts in this list.
    • Identify at least one scholarly source that is not your textbook that you will use to develop this section.

In the subsequent sections, your focus will be on connecting the characteristics and life events in the chosen subject’s life to the theoretical concepts. The outline can just be a brief list that will be fleshed out in the final paper. Cite specific details from the biography to support your interpretations.

Adjustment

  • List what the theory says about healthy and unhealthy adjustment in personality.
  • List the elements of the subject’s life that are explained by this theory.
    • Identify at least one scholarly source that is not your textbook that you will use to develop this section.

Cognition

  • List the concepts from the theory that address the role of cognitive processes in the development of personality.
  • List the elements of the subject’s life that are explained by this theory.
    • Identify at least one scholarly source that is not your textbook that you will use to develop this section.

Culture

  • Describe what the theory says about the role of culture in the development of personality.
  • List the elements of the subject’s life that are explained by this theory.
    • Identify at least one scholarly source that is not your textbook that you will use to develop this section.

Biology

  • Describe what the theory says about the role of biology including epigenetics.
  • List the elements of the subject’s life that are explained by this theory.
    • Identify at least one scholarly source that is not your textbook that you will use to develop this section.

The Illustrative Biography Outline

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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