Syllabus for Delhi University

Semester I
Paper 105: Paradigms of Psychology

Objectives:

  1. To acquaint the student with a wider (global) history of psychology
  2. To highlight the dominant concerns of mainstream Euro-American psychology
  3. To familiarize the student with the basic pre-requisites of any knowledge-seeking endeavour
  4. To elucidate the major paradigms of psychological knowledge
  5. To highlight the contribution of Indian knowledge systems in generating a comprehensive system of psychology, one which is contemporary in its concerns, and global in its outlook

Course contents:

  • Unit 1: The four founding paths of scientific Psychology. A fresh look at the history of Psychology - Voices from non Euro-American backgrounds. Three essential aspects of paradigms: Ontology, Epistemology, and Methodology. (8 Hrs)
  • Unit 2: Four important paradigms: Positivism, Post-positivism, the Critical perspective, and Social Constructionism. (8 Hrs)
  • Unit 3: The paradigm of Participative Research/Co-operative Enquiry. Existential-Phenomenology. (8 Hrs)
  • Unit 4: The Indian paradigm on psychological knowledge. Science and spirituality (avidya and avidya) as two distinct forms of knowing in Indian Psychology. The Self in Indian Psychology. (8 Hrs)
  • Unit 5: Integral Psychology (8 Hrs)

Semester II
Paper 206: Evolution of Indian Psychology

Objectives:

  1. To familiarize the student with the rich systems of psychology in India
  2. To indicate the progressive movement - an evolution of consciousness, taking place in Indian psychology, over time
  3. To demonstrate the inherent holism in Indian thought – the view of the person as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual entity
  4. To demonstrate the explicit application oriented nature of, if not all, most systems of Indian psychology
  5. To elucidate that the movement of the world spirit (zeitgeist) is in the direction of Indian psychology and spirituality

Course contents:

  • Unit 1: The Psychology of the Vedas. The Upanishads: First synthesis of Psychology (8 Hrs)
  • Unit 2: Samkhya and the Yoga Systems. Psychology and the Puranas (8 Hrs)
  • Unit 3: The Psychology of the Tantra. The Gita: Second synthesis of Psychology (8 Hrs)
  • Unit 4: Vaishnavism, Bhakti, and Sufism: The Godward Emotions. Buddhist Psychology (8 Hrs)
  • Unit 5: Integral Yoga: The third synthesis of Psychology (8 Hrs)

Semester III
Paper 301 Indian Psychology and its application

Objectives:

  1. To enable an in-depth engagement of students with the core psychological concepts available in the Indian traditions.
  2. To creatively evolve the applications of Indian psychological concepts.

Course contents:

  • Unit 1. Introduction to Indian Perspectives: Upanishads, Samkhya, Vedanta, Jainism, Buddhism, Nyaya, Charvak, Bhagvadgita; Methods of knowing. (10 Hrs)
  • Unit 2. Consciousness and Self and Identity (10 Hrs)
  • Unit 3. Yoga, Health and Well-Being (10 Hrs)
  • Unit 4. Dynamics of Action: Feeling and Doing (including Bhakti), Work and organizations. (10 Hrs)

Paper 312: Paradigms in counselling psychology

  • Unit 1: Humanistic and Gestalt Approaches (10 Hrs)
  • Unit 2: Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions (10 Hrs)
  • Unit 3: Depth, Analytical, and Transpersonal Approaches (10 Hrs)
  • Unit 4: Indian and Integral Approaches (10 Hrs)