CBSE Class-11 Syllabus 2018-19 (Psychology)

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CBSE Class-11 Syllabus 2018-19 (Psychology)

Rationale :

Psychology is introduced as an elective subject at the higher secondary stage of school education. As a discipline, psychology specializes in the study of experiences, behaviours, and mental processes of human beings within a socio-cultural historical context. This course purports to introduce the learners to the basic ideas, principles, and methods in Psychology. The emphasis is to create interest and exposure needed by learners to develop their own knowledge base and understanding. 

The course deals with psychological knowledge and practices which are contextually rooted. It emphasizes the complexity of behavioural processes and discourages simplistic cause-effect thinking. This is pursued by encouraging critical reasoning, allowing students to appreciate the role of cultural factors in behaviour, and illustrating how biology and experiences shape behaviour.

It is suggested that the teaching - learning processes should involve students in evolving their own understanding, therefore, teaching of Psychology should be based on the use of case studies, narratives, experiential exercises, analysis of common everyday experiences, etc.

Objectives:

  • To develop appreciation about human mind and behaviour in the context of learners’ immediate society and environment.
  • To develop in learners an appreciation of the nature of psychological knowledge and its application to various aspects of life.
  • To enable learners to become perceptive, socially aware and self-reflective.
  • To facilitate students’ quest for personal growth and effectiveness, and to enable them to become responsive and responsible citizens.
     

Cource Structure :

Units

Topics

Periods

Weightage in Marks

I

What is Psychology?

16

7

II

Methods of Enquiry in Psychology

20

10

III

The Bases of Human Behaviour

20

8

IV

Human Development

16

6

V

Sensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes

20

8

VI

Learning

22

9

VII

Human Memory

20

8

VIII

Thinking

18

7

IX

Motivation and Emotion

18

7

 

Total

170

70

::COURSE CONTENT::

Unit I: What is Psychology? 

1. Introduction
2. What is Psychology?

a) Psychology as a Discipline

b) Psychology as a Natural Science

c) Psychology as a Social Science

3. Understanding Mind and Behaviour
4. Popular Notions about the Discipline of Psychology
5. Evolution of Psychology
6. Development of Psychology in India
7. Branches of Psychology
8. Themes of Research and Applications
9. Psychology and Other Disciplines
10. Psychologists at Work
11. Psychology in Everyday Life

Unit II: Methods of Enquiry in Psychology 

The topics in this unit are:
1. Introduction
2. Goals of Psychological Enquiry

a) Steps in Conducting Scientific Research
b) Alternative Paradigms of Research
3. Nature of Psychological Data
4. Some Important Methods in Psychology

a) Observational Method
b) Experimental Method
c) Correlational Research
d) Survey Research
e) Psychological Testing
f) Case Study
5. Analysis of Data
a. Quantitative Method
b. Qualitative Method
6. Limitations of Psychological Enquiry
7. Ethical Issues

Unit III: The Bases of Human Behaviour 

The topics in this unit are:
1. Introduction
2. Evolutionary Perspective
3. Biological and Cultural Roots
4. Biological Basis of Behaviour
a) Neurons

5. Structure and Functions of Nervous System and Endocrine System and their Relationship with Behaviour and Experience

a) The Nervous System
b) The Endocrine System

6. Heredity: Genes and Behaviour

7. Cultural Basis : Socio-Cultural Shaping of Behaviour
a) Concept of Culture
8. Enculturation
9. Socialisation
10. Acculturation

Unit IV: Human Development 

The topics in this unit are:
1. Introduction
2. Meaning of Development

a) Life-Span Perspective on Development

3. Factors Influencing Development
4. Context of Development
5. Overview of Developmental Stages

a) Prenatal Stage
6. Infancy
7. Childhood
8. Challenges of Adolescence
9. Adulthood and Old Age

Unit-V: Sensory, Attentional, and Perceptual Processes 

The topics in this unit are:
1. Introduction
2. Knowing the world
3. Nature and varieties of Stimulus
4. Sense Modalities

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