Psychology Course Syllabus
- Grade 11 (Psy. 119)
- Grade 12 (Psy. 120)
Psychology is a broad and diverse field of study concerned with living beings. It is an academic and applied branch of knowledge involving the study of behavior and mental processes. It deals with the practical application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including problems of individuals’ daily lives and complex problems faced by human beings.
It is largely concerned with humans, although the behavior and mental processes of animals can also be part of psychology research. The curriculum aims at facilitating students in applying what they learn in their classroom to their lives. It intends to make students clearly understand the key principles of the basic subject matter of psychology in grade XI and psychosocial counseling in grade XII.
The course also presents an introductory course on mental health and psychosocial counseling. The primary objective of this course is to provide students with a simple and comprehensive knowledge covering all the important aspects of mental health related to Nepal, which may facilitate the students to follow a career in the future.
This curriculum has been offered as one of the optional subjects in both Grades 11 and 12 according to the national curriculum framework. It incorporates the level-wise competencies, grade-wise learning outcomes and scope and sequence of contents, suggested practical/project activities, learning facilitation process, and assessment strategies so as to enhance the learning on the subject.
On completion of this course, students will develop the following competencies:
- 1. Describe broader prospects of psychology including application of psychology and identify possible career paths in the global and local context.
- 2. Describe the evolution of psychology and the major pioneers in the field.
- 3. Define and describe various research methods.
- 4. Identify major theoretical approaches in contemporary psychology.
- 5. Identify and evaluate the role of biological, cognitive, behavioral, and social factors in human behavior.
- 6. Identify and evaluate the basis for individual differences in psychology.
- 7. Describe the major applied areas in psychology.
- 8. Define mental health and explain the status of mental health in Nepal.
- 9. Identify the various categories of professionals working in the field of mental health.
- 10. Identify different psychosocial issues in the Nepali context.
- 11. Describe the nature of the psychosocial problems of adults.
- 12. Describe the basic principles of psychosocial counseling.
- 13. Describe the basic principles and processes of Psychological First Aid.
- 14. Apply knowledge and skill to prepare a report.
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Source: Curriculum Development Centre (http://moecdc.gov.np/en/curriculum)