FYBA Psychology (SPPU) Syllabus wise Notes

F.Y.B.A. Psychology

Savitribai Phule Pune University

(Formerly University of Pune)

(w.e.f. 2019-2020)
(Choice Based Credit System) 70:30-Pattern
(70-Semester-End Exam & 30-Internal Evaluation)

Semester 1- Course DSC-PSY- 1A: Foundations of Psychology


Course objectives and learning outcomes:
After the completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
a) Understand the basic psychological processes and their applications in day to day life.
b) Develop the ability to evaluate cognitive processes, learning and memory of an individual.
c) Understand the importance of motivation and emotion of the individual.
d) Understand the personality and intelligence of the individuals by developing their psychological processes and abstract potentials.

Unit 1: Psychology -Introduction: (12 lectures)

1.1 Psychology : a Science, goals of psychology
1.2 The brief history & perspective of Psychology: (Structuralism, Functionalism, Gestalt, Psychoanalysis, Behaviorism)
1.3 Career Avenues in Psychology & Fields of Psychology: (Clinical, Industrial & Organizational, Educational, Social, Developmental, Health, Criminal & Forensic, Military, Sports, Neuropsychology, Environmental, Positive, Spiritual and Women & Child psychology.)
1.4 The Indian Psychology: Past and present
1.5 Application: Understanding Behaviour through Methods in Psychology

Unit 2: Cognitive processes: (12 lectures)

2.1 Sensation, Attention and Perception, nature of perception, laws of perceptual organization
2.2 Learning- Classical and Operant conditioning, observational learning
2.3 Memory-processes, information processing model(s)
2.4 Forgetting: Theories of forgetting
2.5 Application: Techniques for improving memory.

Unit 3: Motivation and Emotion: (12 lectures)

3.1 Motivation: Definition, Concept of Homeostasis & Maslow’s Hierarchy of Motivation
3.2 Types of Motivation: Physiological, Psychological & Social
3.3 Motivational Conflicts: Intra-Conflicts & Inter-Conflicts
3.4 Emotion: Definitions, Nature & Importance, Basic Emotions (Joy, Excitement, Tenderness, Sadness, Anger, Fear & Love)
3.5 Application: Conflict Resolving Skills

Unit 4: Personality and Intelligence: (12 lectures)

4.1 Personality – Definitions, Nature
4.2 Personality as a set of traits: Cattell’s, Allport’s & Big Five Theory of Personality
4.3 Freud’s Psychoanalytical Theory of Personality and Transactional Analysis
4.4 Intelligence: Definitions, Theories of Intelligence (Gardner’s Theory, Cattell’s Theory of Intelligence)
4.5 Applications: Testing and enhancing Emotional intelligence.

References for Psychology :

Only buy any one of these books, if you are interested in pursuing career in psychology. Otherwise careershodh.com will do perfectly fine job.

1. Ciccarelli, S. K.; White J. N. Adapted by Girishwar Misra (2018). Psychology (5th Edition). Pearson.
2. Chadha, N.K. & Seth, S. (2014). The Psychological Realm: An Introduction. Pinnacle Learning, New Delhi.
3. Carole, W. and Carol, T. (2007). Psychology (7th Edition). Pearson Education, India.
4. Feldman S. R.(2009). Essentials of understanding psychology ( 7th Ed.) New Delhi : Tata Mc Graw Hill.


Semester 2-Course DSC-PSY- 1B : Introduction to Social Psychology

Course objectives and learning outcomes:
After the completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

a) Understand the basics of social psychology.
b) Understand the nature of self, concept of attitude and prejudice of the individual.
c) Assess the interactional processes, love and aggression in our day today life. .
c) Understand group dynamics and individual in the social world.

Unit 1: Introduction: Social Psychology 

1.1 Definition, Brief history of social psychology (special emphasis on India),
1.2 Scope of social psychology
1.3 Levels of social behaviour
1.4 Approaches towards understanding social behaviour
1.5 Application: Community mental health


Unit- 2.Individual Level Processes 

2.1 Difference between Social Cognition & Social Perception.
2.2 Self –Concept: Nature, Self-regulation and self-presentation.
2.3 Attitude: Definition, components, Dimensions and formation of attitude
2.4 Prejudice: Causes.
2.5 Application: Formation of attitude and Prejudice eradication

Unit 3: Interpersonal processes: 

3.1 Interpersonal attraction, love
3.2 Pro-social behaviour
3.3 Locus of control, increasing our helping nature.
3.4 Aggression: Meaning, Nature and Causes of Aggression
3.5 Application: Prevention and reducing aggression

Unit- 4.Group Dynamics 

4.1 Groups: When we join and when we leave, The benefits of joining
4.2 Cooperation and Conflict
4.3 Conformity; Factors affecting Conformity, Obedience & Authority
4.4 Group decision making
4.5 Application: Team Building

Books for Reference

1. Baron, R. A., Branscombe, N. R., & Byrne, D. Bhardwaj, Gopa. (2008). Social Psychology. (12th ed.). New Delhi: Pearson Education, Indian subcontinent adaptation 2009
2. Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Akert, R. M. (2007). Social Psychology. (6th edi.), New Jersey: Pearson Education prentice Hall
3. Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2008). Social Psychology and Human Nature. International student edition, Thomson Wadsworth USA
4. Myers, D. G. (2006). Social Psychology. (8th edi.), Tata McCraw- Hill Publication.