CBSE 12th Class Psychology Syllabus


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Course Structure

Units Topics Marks
Unit 1 Variations in Psychological Attributes 9
Unit 2 Self and Personality 10
Unit 3 Meeting Life Challenges 7
Unit 4 Psychological Disorders 10
Unit 5 Therapeutic Approaches 7
Unit 6 Attitude and Social Cognition 8
Unit 7 Social Influence and Group Processes 7
Unit 8 Psychology and Life 6
Unit 9 Developing Psychological Skills 6
Total 70

Course Syllabus

Unit I: Variations in Psychological Attributes

  • Introduction
  • Individual Differences in Human Functioning
  • Assessment of Psychological Attributes
  • Intelligence
  • Theories of Intelligence
  • Theory of Multiple Intelligences −
    • Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
    • Planning, Attention-arousal, and Simultaneous successive
    • Model of Intelligence
  • Individual Differences in Intelligence
  • Variations of Intelligence
  • Culture and Intelligence
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Special Abilities
    • Aptitude − Nature and Measurement
  • Creativity

Unit II: Self and Personality

  • Introduction
  • Self and Personality
  • Concept of Self
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self
    • Self-esteem, Self-efficacy and Self-regulation
  • Culture and Self
  • Concept of Personality
  • Major Approaches to the Study of Personality −
    • Type Approaches
    • Trait Approaches
    • Psychodynamic Approach
    • Behavioural Approach
    • Cultural Approach
    • Humanistic Approach
  • Assessment of Personality
    • Self-report Measures
    • Projective Techniques
    • Behavioural Analysis

Unit III: Meeting Life Challenges

  • Introduction

  • Nature, Types and Sources of Stress

  • Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health

    • Stress and Health

    • General Adaptation Syndrome

    • Stress and Immune System

    • Lifestyle

  • Coping with Stress

    • Adaptation and Adjustments (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Stress Management Techniques

  • Promoting Positive Health and Well-being

    • Life Skills

    • Human Strengths and Virtues from the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

Unit IV: Psychological Disorders

  • Introduction
  • Concepts of abnormality and psychological Disorders
  • Classification of Psychological Disorders
  • Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
  • Major Psychological Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Somatoform Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Mood Disorders
    • Schizophrenic Disorders
    • Behavioural and Developmental Disorders
    • Substance-use Disorders

Unit V: Therapeutic Approaches

  • Nature and process of psychotherapy
    • Therapeutic relationship
  • Types of therapies
    • Psychodynamic Therapy
    • Behaviour Therapy
    • Cognitive Therapy
    • Humanistic-existential Therapy
    • Biomedical Therapy
    • Alternative Therapies
    • Zen (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)
    • Counselling (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)
  • Rehabilitation of the Mentally III

Unit-VI: Attitude and Social Cognition

  • Introduction
  • Explaining Social Behaviour
  • Nature and Components of Attitudes
  • Attitude Formation and Change
    • Attitude Formation
    • Attitude Change
    • Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Strategies for Handling Prejudice
  • Social Cognition
  • Schemas and Stereotypes
  • Impression Formation and Explaining
  • Behaviour of Others through Attributions
    • Impression Formation
    • Attribution of Causality
  • Behaviour in the Presence of Others
  • Pro-social Behaviour
    • Factors Affecting Pro-social Behaviour

Unit-VII: Social Influence and Group Processes

  • Introduction
  • Nature and Formation of Groups
  • Type of Groups
  • Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour
    • Social Loafing
    • Group Polarisation
  • Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
  • Cooperation and Competition
    • Determinants of Cooperation and Competition
  • Social Identity
  • Intergroup Conflict: Nature and Causes
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies

Unit-VIII: Psychology and Life

  • Introduction

  • Human-Environment Relationship

    • Different Views of the Human-Environment Relationship

  • Environmental Effects on Human Behaviour

    • Human Influence on the Environment

    • Noise

    • Pollution

    • Crowding

    • Natural Disasters

  • Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviour

  • Psychology and Social Concerns

    • Poverty and Discrimination

    • Aggression, Violence, and Peace

    • Mahatma Gandhi on Non-violence

    • Health

    • Impact of Television on Behaviour

    • Media and Human Values (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Human Rights (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Citizenship (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

    • Promotion of Peace (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)

Unit-IX: Developing Psychological Skills

  • Introduction
  • Developing as an effective Psychologist
  • General Skills
    • Intellectual and Personal Skills; Sensitivity to Diversity
  • Observational Skills
  • Specific Skills
    • Communication Skills
    • Psychological Testing Skills
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Counselling Skills

Practical Work

  • Development of case profile −

    • Using appropriate methods like, interview, observation and psychological tests

  • Test administration −

    • Students are required to administer and interpret five tests.

  • In Practical examination, the student will be required to administer and interpret two psychological tests.

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