UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Turning Passion to Purpose

The Psychology program focuses on the study of diverse aspects of human behavioural patterns and functioning of the mind. It guides students through various empirical approaches to understand the complexities and processes of the human mind. This program prepares students for graduate study in any of the specialized fields of Psychology. It enables students to develop a critical understanding of the major concepts, themes, theoretical frameworks and methodology of the discipline.

The Psychology Major covers a wide range of topics that enable students to develop a critical understanding of basic concepts and theories of the subject, leading to the study of specialized areas such as Personality, Social, Clinical, Industrial, Developmental, Educational and Experimental Psychology. Students are trained in the Methods of Psychological Testing and Counselling; as well as experimental techniques and research methods.

The Program specific courses in the Major introduce students to basic concepts and varied fields of Psychology, focusing on a few significant areas of the discipline such as Biological Basis of Behaviour, Social and Personality Psychology. The intermediate courses focus more closely on refining the student's critical abilities by providing training in synthesis and critical analysis. The courses at this level are geared towards in-depth study of specialized areas of the discipline focusing on aspects of gender, cognition, learning and role of cultural paradigms in human behaviour. The advanced courses train the students in methods of psychological testing and counselling that help them to analyze individual cases. The students are also trained in research methods that enable them to conduct research-oriented studies.

The Minor Program in Psychology inculcates an understanding of the discipline through exposure to the breadth of the discipline. It also aims at imparting basic psychological skills like observational skills, communications skills, active listening skills and interpersonal skills. Finally, the Minor Program prepares students to apply knowledge of psychological principles across various settings.

The Major Program will prepare students to pursue graduate studies in any specialized field of Psychology. Moreover, the knowledge and skills acquired through the course of the program will equip them to work as part of a team in a variety of professions including but not limited to community health, support groups, NGOs, human resource management, recruitment etc. The Minor Program prepares students to join the workforce as a competent team player in any job profile that requires understanding human behaviour such as human resources, NGOs and others.

PROGRAM AIMS

MAJOR

The Psychology Major Program aims to:

  • inculcate in students an in-depth understanding of the nature and processes of the human brain, mind and behaviour, and their interdependence
  • inculcate an understanding of how the discipline of Psychology has evolved over time
  • impart the set of skills required to observe, understand and generate critical interpretations of human behavioural patterns within different social contexts
  • enable students to conceptualize and operationalize independent research projects and document the same
  • train students to use statistical methods to interpret empirical data and draw inferences
  • introduce students to practical applications of Psychology, e.g., counselling approaches, psychological testing, etc.

MINOR

The Psychology Minor Program aims to:

  • inculcate in students an in-depth understanding of the nature and processes of the human brain, mind and behaviour, and their interdependence
  • inculcate an understanding of how the discipline of Psychology has evolved over time
  • impart the set of skills required to observe, understand and generate critical interpretations of human behavioural patterns within different social contexts
  • enable students to conceptualize and operationalize independent research projects and document the same
  • introduce students to practical applications of Psychology in different contexts

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

MAJOR

On completion of the Major Program the student will:  

  • have a comprehensive understanding of psychological concepts and varied theoretical frameworks and their evolution over time
  • be able to think, observe, assess and critically analyze various psychological processes and the manifested behaviour across contexts
  • be able to understand the application of different theories across different fields of Psychology
  • be able to conduct independent research studies, experiments, group projects and document the same
  • be able to administer, analyze and interpret scores of different psychological tests and write reports
  • be able to use basic skills in psychology like observational skills, communication skills, listening skills, interpersonal skills and counselling skills across multiple contexts
  • be able to appreciate diversity and work effectively on diverse teams

MINOR

On completion of the Minor Program the student will:  

  • have an understanding of psychological concepts and varied theoretical frameworks and their evolution over time
  • be able to think, observe, assess and critically analyze various psychological processes and the manifested behaviour across contexts
  • be able to understand the application of different theories across different fields of Psychology
  • be able to conduct basic independent research studies, group projects and document the same
  • be able to use basic skills in psychology like observational skills, communication skills, listening skills and interpersonal skills across multiple contexts
  • be able to appreciate diversity and work effectively on diverse teams

18 MAJOR COURSES

1. Introduction to Psychology 7. Research Methods in Psychology 13. Health Psychology
2. Methods of Psychology 8. Educational Psychology 14. Cross-Cultural Psychology
3. Personality Psychology 9. Industrial Psychology 15. Methods of Psychological Testing
4. Social Psychology 10. Abnormal Psychology 16. Cognitive Psychology
5. Biological Bases of Behavior 11. Experimental Psychology 17. Psychology of Gender
6. Developmental Psychology 12. Community Psychology 18. Positive Psychology

 

1. Introduction to Psychology

This module will introduce the students to the subject of psychology as a popular discipline and elaborate the basic psychological processes. And elaborate the significance of the different fields of psychology and will introduce to the students the contribution of the established and upcoming fields.

2. Methods of Psychology

This course focuses on the various methods of Psychology. The course enables students to understand several techniques for managing and interpreting Psychological Data. Students develop an understanding of scientific process and scientific enquiry for Psychological researches and information.

3. Personality Psychology

Personality is an important aspect of human beings, studied in psychology. Personality theories are a set of assumptions related to human behaviour. Theories of personality helps one understand how personality traits develop and can personality be changed and how can we bring about this change. An attempt will also be made to look at personality within the Indian context and to contrast it with western conceptualizations.

4. Social Psychology

Social psychology studies the influence of others on an individual's thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Because we spend a great deal of each day interacting with others in a variety of different situations, the topics of social psychology are myriad. This module will help students discover ways to apply social-psychological principles to their day-to-day experiences, and to better understand themselves and others.

5. Biological Bases of Behavior

This module is directed towards a study of the basic structure and function of the nervous system and their role in understanding behaviour. It emphasizes more on the component of nature than nurture to explore the functioning of the human mind and behaviour.

6. Developmental Psychology

This module will discuss the concept of life span and issues of development and help them understand various developmental theories and its implications.

7. Research Methods in Psychology

This unit is an introduction to principles of research in psychology and the various concepts and methods of research. This module will cover the entire process of conducting research which includes methods of data collection, techniques of data analysis and issues and problems in doing research.

8. Educational Psychology

This module explores the ‘teaching-learning’ paradigm with reference to the human relationship aspect as well as an understanding of the characteristics, behaviour, motives and cognitive abilities of the people involved.

9. Industrial Psychology

This module underlines the significance of the concept of work and the application of theoretical models in the discipline of industrial psychology to work.

10. Abnormal Psychology

This module focuses on analyzing the various perspectives for abnormal behaviour, understanding causes of such behaviour and examining the various contexts for them.

11. Experimental Psychology

This module will help discover the contribution of experimental psychology to building theories and testing various assumptions about cognitive processes and behaviour. The students will be appraised of the processes involved in experimentation and provide them with the opportunity of devising and evaluating their own experiments.

12. Community Psychology

This course focuses on applications of basic psychological knowledge and methods to community problems. This course aims at helping students understand the concept and process of community psychology and mental health. It aims at using psychological methods to solve real life problems in the community. The course also focuses on community mental health through research and social intervention programs such as prevention, citizen participation, environmental change, and influence of public policy. This course will the key concepts involved and, through the use of community case studies and activities, acquaint students with the methods community psychologists use. It seeks to understand the relationship between individual well-being and societal influences.

13. Health Psychology

This unit is an introduction to principles of research in psychology and the various concepts and methods of research. This module will cover the entire process of conducting research which includes methods of data collection, techniques of data analysis and issues and problems in doing research.

14. Cross-Cultural Psychology

This module debates the significance of the role of culture in defining behaviour and deconstructs certain assertions of culture.

15. Methods of Psychological Testing

This module focuses on psychological tests which are essential tools used in various aspects of psychological research and practice. Through this module the students will learn about the various measures of testing and will administer, score and interpret the test results.

16. Cognitive Psychology

This module focuses on the cognitive functions of the brain and information processing model. It will give an insight into various theories of cognition which will then help in organizing, integrating and applying the cognition research data.

17. Counselling Psychology

This course will provide students a deeper understanding of the different domains of counselling and various approaches through which various issues and problems faced by human beings can be addressed. The course also provides the opportunity to learn basic counselling skills, and competencies essential to initiating, and maintaining relationships with clients, regardless of specific theoretical orientation. By means of weekly structured practice assignments as well as transcript assessments of their own interviews, students will learn how to identify, and conduct competent counselling interviews

18. Positive Psychology

This course helps students to recognize the positive aspects of human life and how psychological health and happiness are not just absence of disease or infirmity. It helps also to conceptualize happiness, subjective well-being, resilience etc.

11 MINOR COURSES

1. Introduction to Psychology 5. Counselling Psychology 9. Health Psychology
2. Fields of Psychology 6. Community Psychology 10. Cross-Cultural Psychology
3. Social Psychology 7. Industrial Psychology 11. Positive Psychology
4. Personality Psychology 8. Education Psychology  

 

1. Introduction to Psychology

This module will introduce the students to the subject of psychology as a popular discipline and elaborate the basic psychological processes. And elaborate the significance of the different fields of psychology and will introduce to the students the contribution of the established and upcoming fields.

2. Methods of Psychology

This course focuses on the various methods of Psychology. The course enables students to understand several techniques for managing and interpreting Psychological Data. Students develop an understanding of scientific process and scientific enquiry for Psychological researches and information.

3. Social Psychology

Social psychology studies the influence of others on an individual's thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Because we spend a great deal of each day interacting with others in a variety of different situations, the topics of social psychology are myriad. This module will help students discover ways to apply social-psychological principles to their day-to-day experiences, and to better understand themselves and others.

4. Personality Psychology

Personality is an important aspect of human beings, studied in psychology. Personality theories are a set of assumptions related to human behaviour. Theories of personality helps one understand how personality traits develop and can personality be changed and how can we bring about this change. An attempt will also be made to look at personality within the Indian context and to contrast it with western conceptualizations.

5. Counselling Psychology

This course will provide students a deeper understanding of the different domains of counselling and various approaches through which various issues and problems faced by human beings can be addressed. The course also provides the opportunity to learn basic counselling skills, and competencies essential to initiating, and maintaining relationships with clients, regardless of specific theoretical orientation. By means of weekly structured practice assignments as well as transcript assessments of their own interviews, students will learn how to identify, and conduct competent counselling interviews

6. Community Psychology

This course focuses on applications of basic psychological knowledge and methods to community problems. This course aims at helping students understand the concept and process of community psychology and mental health. It aims at using psychological methods to solve real life problems in the community. The course also focuses on community mental health through research and social intervention programs such as prevention, citizen participation, environmental change, and influence of public policy. This course will the key concepts involved and, through the use of community case studies and activities, acquaint students with the methods community psychologists use. It seeks to understand the relationship between individual well-being and societal influences.

7. Industrial Psychology

This module underlines the significance of the concept of work and the application of theoretical models in the discipline of industrial psychology to work.

8. Education Psychology

This module explores the ‘teaching-learning’ paradigm with reference to the human relationship aspect as well as an understanding of the characteristics, behaviour, motives and cognitive abilities of the people involved.

9. Health Psychology

This unit is an introduction to principles of research in psychology and the various concepts and methods of research. This module will cover the entire process of conducting research which includes methods of data collection, techniques of data analysis and issues and problems in doing research.

10. Cross-Cultural Psychology

This module debates the significance of the role of culture in defining behaviour and deconstructs certain assertions of culture.

11. Positive Psychology

This course helps students to recognize the positive aspects of human life and how psychological health and happiness are not just absence of disease or infirmity. It helps also to conceptualize happiness, subjective well-being, resilience etc.