The area utilizes lab-based methods as well as field-based approach towards research.
Meaning and goals of applied positive psychology; Relevant research methods of the field; Introduction to intervention programmes including internet based intervention; Researches that support intervention strategies : Psychological well-being and its intervention programmes; emotional intelligence and its intervention programmes; Strategies for achieving well-Being; Mindfulness and its intervention programmes; Intervention module on stress and time management; Character strengths : their role in well being; How psychosocial resources enhance health and well being; Intervention researches in Indian socio-cultural context; Current issues and future directions in this Area
Introduction to Community Psychology; Understanding Individuals within Environments; Individualism collectivism & community Psychology; Understanding Human Diversity; Understanding Coping in Context; Community and Social Change; Prevention and Promotion: Key Concepts, Current and Future Applications & implementing programs; Overview of Community Interventions; Social support research in community psychology; Recent community researches in Indian socio- cultural context: Effects of various socio- cultural issues on individual and community well-being.
Concept of community and their implications for community psychology. Community processes and orientations toward change. Examinations of the models; the mental health model; the organizational model; the social action model; the ecological model. Implications for a psychology of the community: the study of community life, interaction strategies; implications for manpower and training; family therapy and the community; crisis intervention; advocacy and community psychology.
The implications of natural, built and social environment on human functioning, Making sense of environment-environmental perception and cognition, Nature of environmental attitudes and implications for inculcating pro-environmental attitudes, Various kinds of environmental stressors and human response to these stressors, Psychological analysis of climate change related issues, Psychology and energy conservation- social and collective dilemmas and individual interests, Environmental disasters and disaster preparedness, Assessing environmental risks, Place attachment, territoriality, personal space and notion of privacy and identity issues, Designing better environments and role of psychological factors in the design process, Examining specific built environments.
Psychological Science- Assumptions, schools, methods of doing psychology research, The relationship between brain, body and mental functioning, Sensation, perception and making sense of the world, Consciousness, Life span development and motor and language development, Nature and nurture controversy, The learning process and some important explanations of how we learn, Meaning of motivation and explanations, Theories of emotions and expression and regulation of emotions, Basic cognitive processes, Language development, why we remember and why we forget- some explanations, Different kinds of intelligence, explanations of creativity, Differences among individuals and explanations for personality differences, Application of psychology to everyday life- enhancing health and well-being, performance, social relations, and sensitivity to environmental, social and cultural contexts.
Introduction to organizational behaviour, Historical development of the field and some challenges in contemporary times, Learning and perceptual processes in organizations and their implications for work-life,Work related attitudes- job satisfaction, organizational commitment, organizational justice, organizational citizenship behaviour, Individual differences related to personality, emotions and abilities and functioning in organization, Group processes in organizations, Formation of groups and teams, Effective teams, Communication in organizations, Social influence processes in organizations, influencing people, power dynamics and politics and impact on organizational functioning, Theories and styles of leadership in organization and their impact on organizational functioning, Organizational ethos and culture and its impact on productivity and well- being, Various kinds of organizational structures and their effectiveness, managing organizations in times of change.
The topics for discussion will be : Coping with stress. Model of success and failure in adjustment. Approaches to the study of personality. Freud's classical psychoanalytic theory, Jung's analytic theory, Adler's individual psychology, Roger's person- centred approach. Lwein's field theory, Skinner's operant reinforcement theory. Erikson's theory : Psychohistorian perspective of man. Models of healthy personality; mature person: Allport's model. 5elf-actualising person: Maslow's model. Here-and-now person : Perl's model. Roger's theory : on becoming a person.
Positive Psychology: A historical and contextual overview; Relationship between Indian Psychology and Positive Psychology; Correlates and predictors of life satisfaction and subjective well-being across various cultures; Latest researches on self-esteem, optimism, flow, post-traumatic growth, positive ageing, character strengths, etc.; Major theories and models within positive psychology - Self-Determination theory, Broaden-and-Build theory, Authentic Happiness, Psychological Well-being, etc., Interpersonal character strengths & well- being; Specific Coping Approaches: meditation, yoga and spirituality; Future of the Field
Approaches to work design. Historical perspective. Human information processing, Natural and man-made environment effect, psychology of work. The living environments, physical features, psychological dimensions of work. Job enrichment, quality of working life. Future of work designs.
The concept of Behavioral Assessment: Uses and Varieties of Psychological Tests, Why Control the use of Psychological Tests? Test Administration, Examiner and Situational Variables and Effects of Training on Test Performance. Technical and Methodological Principles: Test Construction, Norms and The Meaning of Test Scores, Reliability and its Types, Validity and its Basic Concepts and Item Analysis. Other Techniques of Behavioral Assessment: Interview, Questionnaire and Schedule, Content Analysis, Observation as a tool of data collection, Rating Scales, Survey and Projective Techniques. Brief Review of some Selected Psychological Tests and Concluding Comments. Ethical and Social Considerations in Testing: Ethical Issues in Behavioral Assessment. User Qualifications and Professional Competence, Responsibility of Test Publishers, Protection of Privacy, Confidentiality and Communicating Test Results.
The course will introduce students to selected topics in Psychology as decided by the instructor.
Schools of social psychology with special reference to personality and social structure. The problems and methods of social psychology. The association motive. Interpersonal attraction. Learning in social context. Social motives and attitudes. Social influence. Dissonance. Consonance and balance. Social status: Its effect on social motives and behaviour, social roles. Personality and social phenomenon. Cultural influences on personality and social behaviour. Social perception communication. Group process. Group task performance: Problem solving co-operation and competition. Leaders and leadership. Power and politics in organisations. Psychological processes in organizations. Aggression and its management.
The course will focus on current relevant and emerging issues, and experiments in the field of cognitive psychology.
Personality: Meaning & Assessment. Psychoanalytic & Neo-Psychoanalytic Approach ; Behavioural Approach; Cognitive Approach; Social- Cognitive Approach; Humanistic Approach; The Traits Approach; Models of healthy personality: the notion of the mature person, the self-actualizing personality etc. Personality disorders; Psychotherapeutic techniques and Yoga & Meditation; Indian perspective on personality; Personality in Socio-cultural context.
The social being- introducing the social psychological approach, Historical roots, theories and methods. Person and social perception and social judgements. Social cognition and social thinking. The social self- cognitive, affective and behavioural aspects of self. Positive social behaviours- altruism, cooperation and volunteerism. Individuals in groups-social facilitation, loafing, conformity, compliance. Social influence, manipulation and power- bases of power. Intergroup relations- explanations and managing intergroup relations. Collective behaviour- crowds and mobs- negative and positive aspects of collective behaviour. Aggression and violence- theories and determinants. Reducing aggression and violence. Applications of social psychology- health and well-being, law and organizational contexts.