DU Course Profile: Open to Students of All Fields, Psychology Puts You in High Demand in Job Market

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DU Course Profile: Open to Students of All Fields, Psychology Puts You in High Demand in Job Market


India, May 24 -- Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women

Many decades ago, when I joined psychology and everyone asked me "Why?" I couldn't tell them that I was nosey, so I just said "people interest me"! On a more serious note, psychology is indeed one discipline that can provide both a better understanding of others' behaviour as well as a pathway to self-understanding.

The word psychology is derived from the Greek word psyche, meaning 'soul' or 'mind'. Psychology soon lost its soul (pun intended!) and is today recognised as the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour. It may be envisaged more as a series of fundamental questions about ourselves, trying to unravel the forces that are shaping the subjectivity and uniqueness of every individual. What it definitely is not is mind/face reading, common sense or some secrets to happy living. Beware of pseudo-psychologists who claim otherwise.

The course embraces all major subfields such as cognitive psychology, statistics, biopsychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, counselling psychology, organizational behaviour, and research methodology. It has optional papers like psychology of health/peace/disability/youth/media/education/community, human resource management, emotional intelligence, cultural psychology and so on. A new addition in the CBCS syllabus is a strong practical component. Students are imparted a variety of skills such as conducting experiments, administering tests, making observations, interviewing, case analysis, developing intervention programs, time management, stress management, to name a few. …

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