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Psychology has the potential to recognise the value of the mind

Psychology aims at creating a broad-based understanding towards self and society, writes Anita Ghai, Associate Professor, Jesus and Mary College.

delhi Updated: May 17, 2010 00:40 IST
Anita Ghai

Psychology aims at creating a broad-based understanding towards self and society. The aim of the course includes enhancement of the inner talents and potential of students with the hope that they can develop personally as well as in the inter-personal context.

By definition, Psychology offers a rich panorama of theoretical approaches such as cognitive, psychoanalytic, humanistic, existential, social, cultural, political and community psychology.

Students reflect upon issues such as thinking, learning and perceiving, remembering, forgetting, physiology of the nervous system, development of children, social relationships and their effect on personality development, mental disorders, applications of psychology to the study of society, organisational behaviour.

Psychology engages with debates about epistemology, ontology, theory, methodology analysis, ethical concerns and its applications.

The first year papers include General Psychology, Statistics, Physiological Psychology and a Practicum on General Experiments. In the second year, students are taught Social Psychology, System and Theories, Research Methods and Psychology Testing and Practicum II on Psychological Testing. The final year includes Abnormal Psychology, Development Psychology and Optional papers such as Organisational Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Self and Personality.

The eligibility for admission is as per the class XII marks. With respect to the job market, there is an increasing need for trained psychologists. The increasing levels of stress can be coped to some extent with medication, but often critical assistance in understanding the nature of one’s problem is provided by therapists.

The help of professionals is also required for many rehabilitation needs such as drug addiction, alcoholism and dysfunctional families. Within the organisation setups, dealing with competitive jobs creates a need for counseling. Similarly the importance of popular games such as cricket and soccer create demands for sports psychologists. Further, developmental psychology is in great demand these days.

Child psychologists, criminal psychology with specialisation in forensic psychology, school psychologists are also some of the sought after options. Many other professions such as media, advertising, indeed anywhere where there are humans involved, require the presence of psychologists. Psychology as a discipline has the potentiality to recognise the value of the psyche as formed by the interactive setting socio-emotional, familial, political and historical forces.

Dates to remember

If you are looking for admission to a college affiliated to DU, remember these dates so that you can buy, fill and submit your application forms on time.

Sale of forms begin May 28 (10 am to 1 pm)
Last date for receipt of forms June 11 (up to 1 pm)
First admission list June 22 (10 AM)
Second admission list June 26 (10 am)
Third admission list July 1 (10 am)
Fourth admission list July 6 (10 am)
School of Open Learning forms

Available from June 1 to October 29

Anita Ghai, Associate Professor, Jesus and Mary College

First Published: May 17, 2010 00:33 IST