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AG EXT 503 FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOLOGY                                                                                 (2L+1P) I

Objective
  The course is intended to orient students with the applied aspects of psychology which are essential for extension professionals to enhance their understanding of human behaviour. It will equip them with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with rural people.

Theory

UNIT I
  Psychology as a science and its importance in extension education, Perception- nature, selectivity & laws, importance of perception in extension work, Attitude- meaning, characteristics, studying attitudes of farmers in field situations, formation of stereotypes and prejudices and factors in attitude change.

UNIT II
  Motivation- nature, characteristics and types of motives, techniques of motivating farm people, Emotion- its nature, types of emotional response, theories of emotion, self-motivation; harnessing emotions productively, empathy, reading emotions, role of emotion in regulating human behaviour, Psychosocial distress and coping mechanisms in farming situations.

UNIT III
  Learning- indicators, principles and theories of learning and experiential learning. Personality - individual differences and theories of personality, Multiple Intelligences- IQ, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, managing emotions; relationship between IQ and EQ, handling relationships; social skills. Defence mechanisms- types and importance.

UNIT IV
  Psychological dimensions of poverty and deprivation- self esteem, cognitive processes of deprived groups, motivational consequences, aspiration, achievement, aggression, attribution and coping with poverty; helplessness and powerlessness studies.

Practicals
  Measuring motivation- TAT, sentence completion, etc., Exercise on Emotional Quotient. Role Play – Emotional Self-Management. Visit to Psychology Department of Delhi University/ JNU/ ICSSR. Knowing self and knowing others. Experiential Learning Exercise

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