Department of Psychology

 

Overview

This department, started in the year 2012, is the pilot department even in the University of North Bengal where the College is affiliated.The department offers both honours and  elective in the subject. The department facilitates peer counselling in the campus. 

Vision

To prepare competent psychologists who would excel in knowledge, orientation and practice of psychology, with high ethical standards and social relevance.

To function as professional and socially conscious psychologists whocan achieve excellence in knowledge generation, serve the society by making innovative contribution in the field of mental health and in the process of social change”.

Mission

The department of psychology, Salesian college Siliguri campus being the only college to offer psychology honours course in the entire north Bengal region upholds the mission to address and understand various psychological and psychosocial phenomenon pertaining to this region and to produce effective and sensible human resources in the field psychology

Keeping in record with the disciplinary advances the Department (course) would address learning about psychological functioning at individual and social levels in an inclusive manner.

The Department holds the provision for inclusion of Master’s Program from the new academic session 2020-2021.

Objectives

1. To familiarize students to the field of psychology, give them the necessary exposure to develop interest in the field and thus prepare them for post-graduate programme in psychology.
2. Introduce the different branches and emerging fields of psychology
3. To understand the fundamental processes underlying human behavior and the process of human development and change from biological and psychosocial perspective.
4. To understand the different aspects of human behavior in the social, cultural and organizational/work context.
5. Become aware of the applications of psychology in the professions associated with psychology.
6. To prepare students for national conferences like (NAOP, IAAP)
7. To provide an opportunity to extend the knowledge base to the world with a view to promote healthy interface between academia and society through community outreach program and field trips.

Course Code and Course Title

Course Code Course Title
C-PSY-H-01
GENAREAL PSYCHOLOGY I
C-PSY-H-02
PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
C-PSY-H-03
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY II
C-PSY-H-04
BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHVAIOUR
C-PSY-H-05
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
C-PSY-H-06
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY I
C-PSY-H-07
PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
C-PSY-H-08
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY II
C-PSY-H-09
STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
C-PSY-H-10
COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY
C-PSY-H-11
INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY I
C-PSY-H-12
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY I
C-PSY-H-13
INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY II
C-PSY-H-14
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY II

Courses Objectives, Learning Outcome and Teaching Methodologies

Course Description

This course is offered in semester I and II designed to give students an overview of what psychological science has discovered about human behavior and mental processes over the past century. This paper will provide students with an overview of General Psychology, its findings, theories, approach and research methods in psychology. It focuses on various basic processes underlying human behavior. 

Objectives:

1. To introduce and initiate the student into the world of Psychology with a brief historical sketch of the science of psychology and a glimpse into the methods used in the study of human behavior.
2. Identify the various approaches, fields, and subfields of psychology along with their major concepts and important figures.
3. To understand the fundamental processes underlying human behavior such as biological foundations of behavior processes underlying sensation, perception, cognition, memory, learning, motivation, emotion, individual differences, intelligence, personality and states of consciousness.
4. To understand  the value of psychology and possible careers paths for those who study psychology
5. To apply the principles of psychology in day-to-day life for a better understanding of themselves and others.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will be aware of a variety of major issues and theories in psychology.
2. Recognize the key role that psychology plays in our everyday lives.
3. Have better insight into the behavior of individuals with whom they have frequent contact.
4. Have gained some understanding of the scientific method and how it applies to psychological research.
5. Have gained a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of human behavior and mental life in general.
6. Enable students to apply the principles of psychology in day-to-day life for a better understanding of themselves and others.

Teaching Methodologies:

Lecture, class discussions on the covered topic, students power point presentations on the assigned topic, assignments to prepare notes, reading assignments in journals and use of ICT power point presentations, videos and movies.

Course Description & Objectives

This course is offered in Semester I and II. These papers are little similar to each other and thus focuses on the study of brain and the nervous system to better comprehend its impact on the human behavior. It is the sub division of behavioral neuroscience. Psychologist in this field focuses on the topics such as sleep, emotion, learning, ingestion, senses, reproductive behavior, memory, communication, psychopharmacology and neurological disorders. 

Learning Outcomes:

1. Identifies the structure and function of the neurons
2. Describes the process involved in generation and propagation of neural impulses
3. Recognize the major anatomical division of human brain
4. Apply physiological bases of behavior to real world issues
5. Explaining physiological processes underpinning various psychological phenomena
6. Learns the behavioral consequences of damage to the physiological systems

Teaching Methodologies:

1. Power point presentations
2. Discussions
3. Lectures
4. Dictation of notes
5. Assignments given

Course Description

This course is offered in semester III and this paper presents an overview of constancy and change throughout the lifespan. This course covers the relevant theories, research and methods of developmental psychology while examining the areas such as psychological, physical and social development from infancy to adolescence. 

Objectives:

1. Understanding the stages of development throughout the lifespan.
2. Examining major theories of development such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Freud and Erikson.
3. Analysing the effectiveness of theories in their practical application.
4. Influence of biological, environmental and cultural factor in human development.

Learning Outcomes:

1. It will help students understand not only others but themselves as well.
2. Students will learn to compare and contrast different theoretical frameworks at the same time analysing it effectiveness in practical world.
3. Students will be able to understand how factors such as biological, environmental and cultural, can have an effect in human development.

Teaching Methodologies:

1. Promoting cooperative learning among students.
2. Technology based learning such as PowerPoint presentation, video clips.
3. Encouraging teacher-student interaction inside the classroom setting.

Course Description & Objectives:

This course was provided to the III semester students giving an overview of what a psychological research is. It mainly deals with a wide variety of topics, ranging from the development of infants to the behavior of social groups. Psychologists use scientific method to investigate questions both systematically and empirically. Psychological research refers to research that psychologists conduct for systematic study and analysis of the experiences and behaviors of individuals and groups. The research can be on any educational, occupational or clinical applications. 

Learning Outcomes:

1. To develop knowledge bases in psychology i.e. the key concepts, principles and themes in psychology. It also develops knowledge on the domains and applications of psychology.
2. Identifies the research methods and objectives employed in the study of psychology.
3. Demonstrates the ethical principles and limitations of research in psychology.
4. Identifies the study of human behavior and how it can be used to explain, predict and influence behavior.
5. Analyze empirical data, assess the significance and importance of research reports
6. Communicate in a written format.

Teaching Methodologies:

1. Power point presentations
2. Discussions
3. Lectures
4. Dictation of notes
5. Assignments given
6. Mini researches as practical

Course Description:

This course is offered in semester III and IV and is designed to give students with an understanding of one of the branch of psychology. Social psychology is a branch of Psychology that explains how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. This course introduces students to the theory and research on the social factors that influence individual and group behavior. 

Objectives:

1. To introduce the historical and scientific origin and development of the field in the western and Indian context.
2. To describe the development of the self and the dynamics of interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior, aggression, prejudice, group processes and attitude formation and change in a social context.
3. To comprehend the nature of scientific methods employed to study behavior in the social context.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Enable students to understand the very subjective matter of one of the branch of psychology.
2. Describe and assess the basic psychological theories, principles, and concepts explaining social cognition, attitude formation, decision making, group processes, pro-social behavior, aggression, and conformity/obedience and stereotyping/prejudice.
3. Explain how human behavior is influenced by such social factors as groups, authority figures, in-group bias, gender roles, cognitive dissonance, etc.
4. Compare and contrast the research methodologies used in the scientific study of human Social Behavior.

Teaching Methodologies:

Lecture, class discussions on the covered topic, students power point presentations on the assigned topic, assignments to prepare notes, reading assignments in journals and use of ICT power point presentations, videos and movies and replication of the studies

Course Description:

This course is offered in semester IV and this paper provides an overview of historical background, counseling profession and current trends in Indian context. It provides with various theoretical frameworks to counselling along with specific technique and intervention for each approach. 

Objectives:

  • Familiarization with the various psychological assessment tools along with their criticisms and limitations.
  • Developing the knowledge of major counseling approaches categorized as humanistic/experiential, learning/cognitive, and psychoanalytic/psycho-dynamic.
  • Understanding the therapist’s role and the values by which the therapist conducts counseling.
  • Apprising the ethical codes in Counseling

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will have the knowledge on career assessments related to interests, personality, values, and career development
  • Students will develop the knowledge of the core theoretical areas and basic counseling techniques.
  • Understanding the role of confidentiality and the limits to it in terms of the counseling.
  • Students will get acquainted with the ethical dilemmas that could arise and understand the ways to navigate and solve those issues.

Teaching Methodologies

  • Student-Centred Approach is used to encourage students to actively participate in the learning process through various forms of assessment:
  • Cooperative learning: promoting group works through verbal communication enhancing their self-confidence and critical thinking.
  • Technology-based learning: incorporating technology to actively engage students.
  • Practical learning experiences: helping students understand how their knowledge applies in real-world.

Course Description & Objectives:

This course is provided to the IV semester students giving an overview on the application of formulas, theorems, numbers and laws to psychology. Statistical methods for psychology include development and application of statistical theories and methods for modeling psychological data. These methods include psychometrics, factor analysis, experimental designs, and multivariate behavioral research. 

Learning Outcomes:

1. Completely describe a data set using appropriate descriptive statistics
2. Understand the logic and application of hypothesis testing.
3. Interpret a set of descriptive statistics and understand the limitations of measures.
4. Apply the appropriate inferential statistical techniques to situations covered in class
5. Interpret the results and understanding the limitations
6. Compute descriptive and inferential statistics using a calculator and computer.

Teaching Methodologies:

1. Power point presentations
2. Discussions
3. Lectures
4. Assignments given at each class

Course Description:

This course is offered in semester V and VI. The paper is aimed at providing the learners an overview of I/O Psychology by describing the various individual, group, and organizational behavior at work. This paper also intends at enhancing the understanding of the learner about the world of work and related concerns. The areas covered in the paper include employee selection, placement, training, performance appraisal, motivation and leadership. The paper also intends to give an understanding about the issues related to people in organization and the workplace. 

Objectives:

1. To introduce fundamental knowledge about need and scope of I/O Psychology and about the brief history and various related fields of I/O Psychology
2. To learn about employee motivation, job satisfaction and leadership styles.
3. To understand the concept of organizational culture and learn the various types and functions of organizational culture
4. To comprehend the concept of Job analysis and be aware about the various methods of Job analysis.
5. To learn about the process of employee selection and understand the various methods of selection process with special emphasis on psychological testing.

Learning Outcome:

1. Enable students to understand the need and scope of I/O psychology.
2. Learn about psychological theories to explain work motivation, leadership and job satisfaction.
3. Analyze how organizational assumptions are evaluated.
4. Develop reasoning for the usefulness of organizational psychology in the workplace.
5. Defend the utility of industrial/organizational psychology through research.

Teaching Methodologies:

Lecture, class discussions on the covered topic, students power point presentations on the assigned topic, assignments to prepare notes, reading assignments in journals and use of ICT power point presentations, videos and movies and industrial visits.

Course Description:

This course is offered in semester V and VI. This paper gives an overview on the understanding of maladaptive behaviour and psychopathology including personality disorder, anxiety disorder, psychosis, conduct disorder, addictive disorder and variations in sexual disorder and application of theories to etiology and treatment. 

Objectives:

1. Historical and modern understanding of abnormal behaviour.
2. Identifying the psychological disorders as presented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).
3. Developing an understanding of theoretical perspectives related to the development and maintenance of different types of abnormal behaviour.
4. Understanding the primary treatment for psychological disorder and their effectiveness.
5. Knowledge on current research and methodological issues in the study of abnormal behaviour.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will be able to compare and contrast historical trends in understanding abnormal behaviour and cultural differences in understanding psychological disorders.
2. Evaluate and identify psychological disorders such as anxiety disorders, Obsessive- compulsive disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
3. Help in understanding psychological through theoretical perspective.
4. Understanding current treatment methods for various psychological disorders.
5. Students will develop the ability to review current literature and get the direction for future research.

Teaching Methodologies:

1. Helping students learn through group works and active participation in classroom.
2. Including Multimedia to make learning more interesting and fun.
3. Learning outside classroom setting such as using various assessment tools to have a better understanding of their subject.

Faculty

Sonada Campus


Siliguri campus


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Dipanker Rai
Assistant Professor

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Avantika Thapa
Assistant Professor

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Sarmila Biswakarma
Assistant Professor

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Dr Paramita Datta
Associate Professor