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Syllabus and Mark Distribution – Grade 12 – Psychology

Course Structure

UnitTopicMarks
IVariations in Psychological Attributes9
IISelf and Personality10
IIIMeeting Life Challenges7
IVPsychological Disorders10
VTherapeutic Approaches7
VIAttitude and Social Cognition8
VIISocial Influence and Group Processes7
VIIIPsychology and Life6
IXDeveloping Psychological Skills6
Total 70

TERM – I

Unit-I: Variations in Psychological Attributes
  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Differences in Human Functioning
  3. Assessment of Psychological Attributes
  4. Intelligence
  5. Theories of Intelligence
    • Theory of Multiple Intelligences
    • Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
    • Planning, Attention-arousal, and Simultaneous successive
    • Model of Intelligence
  6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
    • Variations of Intelligence
  7. Culture and Intelligence
  8. Emotional Intelligence
  9. Special Abilities
    • Aptitude: Nature and Measurement
  10. Creativity
Unit-II: Self and Personality
  1. Introduction
  2. Self and Personality
  3. Concept of Self
  4. Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self
    • Self-esteem, Self-efficacy and Self-regulation
  5. Culture and Self
  6. Concept of Personality
  7. Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
    • Type Approaches
    • Trait Approaches
    • Psychodynamic Approach
    • Behavioural Approach
    • Cultural Approach
    • Humanistic Approach
  8. 8. Assessment of Personality
    • Self-report Measures
    • Projective Techniques
    • Behavioural Analysis
Unit-III: Meeting Life Challenges
  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, Types and Sources of Stress
  3. Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health
    • Stress and Health
    • General Adaptation Syndrome
    • Stress and Immune System
    • Lifestyle
  4. Coping with Stress
    • Adaptation and Adjustments (From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)
    • Stress Management Techniques
  5. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
    • Life Skills
    • Human Strengths and Virtues From the CBSE Supplementary Reading Material)
Unit-IV: Psychological Disorders
  1. Introduction
  2. Concepts of abnormality and psychological Disorders
  3. Classification of Psychological Disorders
  4. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
  5. Major Psychological Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Somatoform Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Mood Disorders
    • Schizophrenic Disorders
    • Behavioural and Developmental Disorders
    • Substance-use Disorders
Unit-V: Therapeutic Approaches
  1. Nature and process of psychotherapy
    • Therapeutic relationship
  2. 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)
  3. Rehabilitation of the Mentally III

TERM – II

Unit-VI: Attitude And Social Cognition
  1. Introduction
  2. Explaining Social Behaviour
  3. Nature and Components of Attitudes
  4. Attitude Formation and Change
    • Attitude Formation
    • Attitude Change
    • Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
  5. Prejudice and Discrimination
  6. Strategies for Handling Prejudice
  7. Social Cognition
  8. Schemas and Stereotypes
  9. Impression Formation and Explaining
  10. Behaviour of Others through Attributions
    • Impression Formation
    • Attribution of Causality
  11. Behaviour in the Presence of Others
  12. Pro-social Behaviour
    • Factors Affecting Pro-social Behaviour
Unit-VII: Social Influence And Group Processes
  1. Introduction
  2. Nature and Formation of Groups
  3. Type of Groups
  4. Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour
    • Social Loafing
    • Group Polarisation
  5. Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
  6. Cooperation and Competition
    • Determinants of Cooperation and Competition
  7. Social Identity
  8. Intergroup Conflict: Nature and Causes
  9. Conflict Resolution Strategies
Unit-VIII: Psychology and Life 
  1. Introduction
  2. Human-Environment Relationship
    • Different Views of the Human-Environment Relationship
  3. Environmental Effects on Human Behaviour
    • Human Influence on the Environment
    • Noise
    • Pollution
    • Crowding
    • Natural Disasters
  4. Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviour
  5. 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
  1. Introduction
  2. Developing as an effective Psychologist
  3. General Skills
    • Intellectual and Personal Skills; Sensitivity to Diversity
  4. Observational Skills
  5. Specific Skills
    • Communication Skills
    • Psychological Testing Skills
  6. Interviewing Skills
  7. Counselling Skills