The Post Graduate Department of Psychology, founded in February 2009, is a two-year full-time M.A/ M.Sc. Programme. The major focus lies on inculcating in its students the ability to look at psychological and psychosocial phenomena through the lens of a keen social scientist. In their journey, the students of the department are encouraged to question, debate, diverge and concur in order to develop an understanding of the discipline that analyzes thought, feelings and behaviour. Although the programme is a laboratory-based one, it is committed to inculcate in its students the understanding of both, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. The offered courses endeavor to establish a service-oriented, holistic bio-psycho-social, non-reductionistic perspective that encourages growth, builds competencies, and develops a broad interdisciplinary approach in its wake. The syllabus attempts to offer critical yet flexible courses, designed in with special emphasis on evidence-based practice, contemporary therapeutic and organizational inputs, hands-on training with internships at hospitals and industrial set ups to encourage the growth of service providers, which should prove to be both academically viable and socially relevant. Students are also encouraged to conduct outreach programmes for increasing the level of awareness regarding mental health issues in and around the university and its affiliated UG colleges.
The Department also runs a Ph.D Programme in Psychology since 2014 and conducts course work as part of the programme. Finally, the Department organizes seminar sessions, special lectures and conferences to promote research interest amongst students of PG and Ph.D courses.
The thrust areas of teaching and research of the Department include in-depth psychometry, psychodiagnostics, quantitative and qualitativeresearch methods, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, neuropsychology, developmental, industrial and clinical psychology with specialization in OB and Counselling. Over the years linkages have been established with Centre for Creative Art Therapies, University of Haifa, Israel and art therapy has been included in the coursework with extensive training being provided for the same. A host of NGOs including Missionaries of Charity, Sappho, Anjali, Mental health Foundation, Indian Cancer Societyand many more. Effective collaboration with the Departments of Psychology, in University of Calcutta, Gokhale Memorial Girls College, and Barrackpore Rashtra Guru Surendranath College have led to fruitful research outcomes and pragmatic insights.
Courses offered : M.A./M.Sc. in Psychology (Specialization in Counseling Psychology and Organisational Behaviour & Industrial Psychology.
|Programme||Level of study||Eligibility|
|M.A / M.Sc. (2 yrs duration)||PG||B.A. (Hons.)|
Department of psychology, West Bengal State University,
Barasat, Kolkata-700126, WB, India
Fax: 033-25241977/ 033-25241978