Department of Human Communication

Department of Human Communication

Understanding human psyche and exploring various facets and nuances about human behaviour is one of the most engaging journeys that can be undertaken in the discipline of Psychology. As various media indicates that knowledge and application of Psychology and its principles is the need of hour. From childhood till the twilight years of life and everything in between comes under the realms of Psychology.

Psychology can aid understanding, provide insights and even provide solutions to many of the grave concerns that afflict human beings. It is also a window to an inner world, which can expand and enrich the experience of the outer world. With its very innovative and indigenous means of discovery and learning, it can help students to evolve as an individual, student, professional and of course a better human being as well.

The subjects taught in the past have helped in imparting knowledge in the fields of “Human Communication”, “Women, Science and Society”, “Organizational Behaviour”, “Principles and Functions of Management” and “Integrating, Mind, Body and Heart”. Recently, papers like, “General Psychology”, “Youth Psychology”, “Psychology at Work”, “Psychology of Health and Well-being”, “Psychology and Media” provide knowledge which have direct and easy applications in real life. These have prepared our students for the ever-evolving world of communication and human development. They also enabled students to carve a professional niche for themselves and have helped the alumni to score highly at the management tests and perform impressively in their respective careers.

The course curriculum is taught with the help of lectures, group discussions, experiential exercises, group projects, presentations, workshops and seminars. The unique course structure not only help in academic excellence but also prepare students for vocational expertise that will further enhance one’s employability and most importantly, enables personal growth.

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Dr. Madhulika Bajpai


Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Semester I :

GE-PSY-01: General Psychology Generic Elective - (GE) Credit: 6

Course Learning Outcomes: • Developing knowledge of the basic concepts in psychology Understanding the psychology of individual differences. • Developing skills for applying psychological knowledge to real life situations.


Introduction to Psychology: Nature, Fields and Application of Psychology; Cognitive Processes: Learning and Memory; Motivation, Types of Motives (Sociogenic/Psychogenic Motives).


Psychology of Individual Differences: Theories of Personality: Freudian Psychoanalysis, Type and Trait; Humanistic; Theories of Intelligence: Spearman ‘g’ Theory, Sternberg and Gardner; Emotional Intelligence.


Understanding Developmental Processes: Cognitive Development: Piaget; Moral Development: Kohlberg; Psycho-Social Development: Erikson.


Applications of Psychology: Work; Health.


Ciccarelli , S. K., & Meyer, G.E. (2008). Psychology (South Asian Edition). New Delhi: Pearson. Feldman, S.R. (2009). Essentials of Understanding Psychology (7th Ed.). New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill. Glassman, W.E. (2000). Approaches to Psychology (3rd Ed.) Buckingham: Open University Press. Michael, W., Passer, & Smith, R.E. (2007). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill.


Chadha, N.K., & Seth, S. (2014). The Psychological Realm: An Introduction. New Delhi: Pinnacle Learning. Craik, F.I.M., & Lockhart, R.S. (1972). Levels of processing: A framework for memory research. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behaviour, 11(6), 671-684. Morgan, C.T., King, R.A., Weiss, R.A., & Schopler, J. (2004). Introduction to Psychology (7th Edition). New York: Mc Graw Hill.

Semester III:

GE-PSY-03: Psychology for Health and Well-Being Generic Elective - (Ge) Credit: 6

Course Learning Outcomes: Understanding the spectrum of health and illness. Demonstrating adequate knowledge about issues related to stress, stress management and coping. Developing adequate knowledge about the promotion of healthy behaviour. Cultivating inner strengths and virtues, like hope and optimism.

Unit 1:

Illness, Health and Well Being: Emergence of the field of Health Psychology; Continuum and models of health and illness: Medical, Bio-Psychosocial, Holistic Health; Health and Well Being; Cultural Approaches to Medicines (Especially With Respect To Traditional Indian Medicine: Ayurveda).

Unit 2:

Stress and Coping: Nature and sources of stress; Effects of stress on physical and mental health; Coping and stress management.

Unit 3:

Health Management: Health-Enhancing Behaviours: Exercise, Nutrition, Health Compromising Behaviours; Health Protective Behaviours, Health Promotion through Yoga; Illness Management.

Unit 4:

Human Strengths and Life Enhancement: Classification of Human Strengths and Virtues; Cultivating Inner Strengths: Hope and Optimism.


Agarwala, S., Das, I., Kumar, K., & Kumar, S. (2009). Health Psychology. New Delhi, Allied Publishers.

Allen, F. (2011).Health Psychology and Behaviour. New Delhi Tata McGraw Hill. Dalal, A. K., & Misra, G. (Eds.). (2012). New Directions in Health Psychology. New Delhi: Sage.

DiMatteo,M. R., & Martin L. R. (2017). Health Psychology. Noida: Dorling Kindersley. Sarafino, E.P., & Smith, T.W. (2016). Health Psychology: Bio Psychosocial Interactions (9thth Ed.).New York: Wiley. Snyder, C.R., Lopez S. J., & Pedrotti, J. T. (2011). Positive psychology: The scientific and practical explorations of human strengths. New Delhi: Sage. Taylor, S.E. (2017). Health psychology (10th Ed.) New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill.

Additional Resources

Carr, A. (2011). Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness And Human Strength. London, UK: Routledge.

Desikachar, T. K. V. (2003). Reflections on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Chennai: Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiaram.

Misra,G. (1999).Stress and Health. New Delhi: Concept.

Morrison, V., & Bennett, P. (2009). Introduction to Health Psychology (2nd Ed). New York: Pearson Education Limited.

Ogden, J. (2012). Health Psychology. New York, McGraw-Hill.

Sanderson, C.A. (2018).Health Psychology: Understanding the mind-body connection (3rd Edition). New York: Sage.

Society & Activities

1 Department in collaboration with Department of Biochemistry organized a one-day workshop on “Stress and Coping: An Insight” on November 1st, 2018 for I semester students enrolled in. B.Sc. (H) Biomedical Sciences, Botany, Food- Technology and Microbiology.

2 Organized a webinar, titled, “Revisiting Well-being” by Prof N.K. Chadha (Dean, International Relations & Chairperson, Council for Doctoral Program, MRIIRS & Former Head, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi) on May 6, 2020.

3 Organized a webinar in association with Bhagini Nivedita College, University of Delhi, by eminent psychologist and former Vice Chancellor, Mahatama Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidalaya on the topic of, “The Challenge of Personal and Social Well-being, व्यक्ति और समाज के कल्याण कि चुनौती”on May 16, 2020.

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