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Department of Psychology

 

Introduction

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GCU has the unique distinction of starting MA classes in Psychology in 1926, making it the second institute after the University of Clacutta, to launch a Postgraduate Programme at that time. The MA Psychology Programme was launched jointly with the Department of Psychology of Forman Christian College (FCC) Lahore.

For a long period of time, the discipline of Psychology remained a part of Philosophy and classes were held jointly till 1961. In 1962, the Department of Psychology was established as an independent Department under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal, a renowned Psychologist, teacher, scholar and mentor.

Prof. G.N. Chatterji

Prof. Qazi Aslam Prof Dr. Muhammad Ajmal

 

Mission Statement

 

The mission statement of the department is to produce knowledgeable, self aware, thoughtful, responsible and well adjusted individuals who are responsive to the needs of rapidly changing social world. To achieve these objectives, the Department of Psychology GCU endeavors to enhance the understanding of students about social, environmental and cultural factors relevant to mental health and also enable them apply this knowledge in their own lives for better adjustment and learning.

 

Facilities

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To make education more interactive and to increase the conceptual clarity of the students, formal teaching is supplemented with scientifically designed classroom activities, workshops, seminars, extension lectures, and the use of audio-visual aids. The Department has academic links with numerous organizations including hospitals and Institutes of Special Education for internships and research collaboration.

 

Departmental Library

 

The Seminar Library of the Department has the latest books on all important fields of study. The departmental library is equipped with national and international research journals, more than 4,000 books and about 3,000 research articles compiled by the department. To facilitate research activities of both faculty members and students, a Psychology database, “PsycINFO”, consisting of thousands of research abstracts, has been installed on the Library's computers. Soft copies of MPhil dissertations are also available.

 

On-line access to full-text articles of the American Psychological Association:

 

On-line access to the APA Database “PsycARTICLE 2007” is now available and is based on APA’s full-text journal articles database. Researchers can search thousands of articles from hundreds of peer-reviewed journals since 1894. Access to the materials of more than 100 tests relevant to the fields of Clinical, Social, Developmental, Counselling and Cognitive Psychology are available, with purpose-built furniture, the testing room is a comfortable place for studying and administering tests to clients properly.

 

Research

 

Conducting research offers the exciting opportunity of working in one's area of interest under the supervision of relevant faculty member for a period of two semesters.

 

The objectives are to ensure regular guidance, thorough support and ensure a timetable with realistic but strictly followed deadlines, specified for the completion of students' empirical work. Our aim is to equip students with knowledge and research skills necessary to address wider intellectual problems faced by the community in academic and professional settings. To achieve this, we continue to develop a number of strategies and facilities. Dissertations are put to plagiarism check before submission.

 

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Departmental Publications

 

a. Research journal

 

The Department of Psychology is publishing an HEC recognized research journal namely “Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology” (PJSCP) which provides a forum for dissemination of findings related to social and clinical areas of psychology. In addition to other fields, the journal aims to enhance the understanding of social, environmental and cultural factors in the etiology and outcomes of mental health problems as they affect individuals and society. This is biannual publication which is also indexed in the American Psychological Association’s database PsycINFO.

 

b. GCU PsycABSTRACT

 

GCU PsycABSTRACT is another publication of Department of Psychology. Its purpose is to provide abstracts of research theses undertaken and completed at the department, articles by faculty and students published in professional journals, articles presented in conferences/ seminars and brief reviews of books authored/ edited by faculty at the department.

 

c. Newsletter

 

The Department of Psychology is also publishing PsyNews on biannual basis.

 

Seminars/Workshops/Conferences

 

The department offers its students ample opportunities to interact with the international scientific community. The students and faculty members are encouraged to participate and attend the seminars/workshops and listen to the guest speakers (national and international) for meaningful exposure. The department organizes national and international conference every year.

 

Academic/ Professional Links

 

The PhD and MPhil faculty of the department has international exposures, diverse specializations and research interests. The department has links with numerous hospitals and organizations for academic and research purposes. Apart from that, two international links with University of Birmingham and University of Warwick had been established for capacity building and research development along with many research links with University of Vienna, University of Connecticut and University of ULM Germany.

 

Future Prospects

 

Students who graduate with BSc (Hons) in Psychology have a number of job options. Their consumption in different fields is very quick. They can work at hospital as clinical psychologists and educational institutes as teachers. They are also hired by the Armed Forces of Pakistan, the Federal and the Punjab Public Service Commissions. Psychologists are also in demand at human rights' organizations and NGOs.

 

Academic Programme

 

At present, the Department offers:

MS in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology

 

The Department of Psychology is now introducing MS in Industrial/Organizational psychology for the first time in Pakistan. Pakistan has seen considerable growth in a wide range of industry and financial institutions. At the moment there are over a hundred multinational companies invested in Pakistan and even more are entering every year despite the security environment and energy crisis.

 

Psychologists are needed wherever there is the human factor. There is a great need for psychologists in the industry, to help in product design, effective marketing, ensuring productivity, enhancing motivation, providing counseling and support, and conflict resolution. The program in I/O Psychology will be a two year professional training program with an emphasis on hands on experience. A strength of the program would be the involvement of industry.

 

Business leaders, managers and employees from all tiers of management will be involved in the delivery of this course, making it truly an interactive and market driven program. The program will have 36 credits over the two years with 6 credits each given to research dissertation and internship. Assessment would vary from course to course but in general a continuous assessment paradigm will be followed.

 

 

Admission Criteria

  • Candidates having minimum 16 years of education with at least 2.50/4.00 CGPA or 60% marks in M.A/M.Sc/B.A/B.Sc(Hons) or equivalent degree with Major/Minor in Psychology from a HEC Recognized institute can apply.

  • Candidates must have qualified GAT(General) conducted by NTS at the time of admission.

 

 

Research Groups

 

Following research groups have been constituted in the department

  • Experimental Research

  • Qualitative Research

  • Emotion Recognition

  • Positive Psychology

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Child Psychopathalogy

Courses

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BSc (Hons.) Psychology

 

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Year – 1

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 1101

Introduction to Psychology (F)

3

Semester – II

PSY – 1201

Theories of Personality (F)

3

 

Year – 2

Semester – III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 2102

Principles of Learning (F)

3

Semester – IV

PSY – 2203

Sensation and Perception: Introduction  (F)

3

PSY – 3101

Neuroscience & Behavior  (M)

3

 

Year – 3

Semester – V

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY-2201

Cognitive Psychology (F)

3

PSY-2202

Social Psychology (F)

3

PSY-3102

Statistics in Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3102P

Statistics in Psychology(SPSS) (M)

1

PSY-3103

Research Methods (F)

3

PSY-3105

Psychological Assessment (M)

3

PSY-3105P

Psychological Assessment (M)

1

Semester – VI

PSY-3104

Abnormal Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3104P

Abnormal Psychology (M)

1

PSY-3201

Experimental Design & Data Analysis (F)

3

PSY-3203

Developmental Psychology (M)

3

PSY-3203P

Developmental Psychology (M)

1

PSY-4106

Organizational Behavior (M)

3

PSY-4201

Neuroscience & Psychopathology (M)

3

 

Year – 4 

Semester – VII

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 4105

Forensic Psychology  (M)

3

PSY – 4109

Culture and Gender Studies

3

 

Elective-I

3

 

Elective-II

3

PSY – 4299

Research Project  (M)

3

Semester – VIII

PSY – 4206

Educational Psychology in Practice (M)

3

PSY – 4103

Counseling Psychology (M)

3

 

Elective-III

3

 

Elective-IV

3

PSY – 4299

Research Project  (M)

3

  • 4 Credit Hours must include Lab Work/Practical

  • Total No. of Credit Hours (For Major) = 79

  • Total No. of Courses (For Major) = 24

  • In Year I & II the courses will only be of 3 Credit Hours but it can be divided as 2+1 if the course requires Lab Work/Practical

Elective Courses

Semester - VII

Module A for Elective-I & II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY-3204

Clinical Psychology

3

PSY-4104

Psycholinguistics

3

PSY-4107

Health Psychology

3

PSY-4108

Psychology, Art & Literature

3

PSY-4110

Sports Psychology

3

PSY-4207

Human Resource Management

3

Semester – VIII

Module B for Elective- III & IV

PSY-4202

Positive Psychology

3

PSY-4203

Music Psychology

3

PSY-4204

Indigenous Perspective in Psychology

3

PSY-4205

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Psychology

 3

PSY-4208

School Psychology

 3

  • In each of the Semester VII & VIII, two elective courses will have to be opted.

  • Students will have to choose 4 total courses (two in Semester VII & two in Semester VIII) out of the 11 given above such that two courses are selected from each Module.

Allied Courses

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Year – 1

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 1101

Introduction to Psychology (F)

3

Semester – II

PSY – 1201

Theories of Personality (F)

3

 

Year – 2

Semester – III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 2102

Principles of Learning (F)

3

Semester – IV

PSY – 2203

Sensation and Perception: Introduction (F)

3

 

MS in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology

 

Scheme of Studies for MS in I/O

Semester I

Sr. No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

1

Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Behavior

4

2

Organizational Culture & Development

4

3

Consumer Behavior & Marketing

4

Semester II

4

Employee Appraisal

4

5

Leadership

4

6

Human Resource Management

4

Semester III & IV

7

Internship

6

8

Research Dissertation

6

Ms. Amina Tarar

Course Coordinator

Assistant Professor

Email: amnah@gmail.com

 

M.Phil Psychology

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Year – 1

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 7101

Research Methods

3

PSY – 7102

Seminar -I (Seminar in Qualitative Research)

3

PSY – 7107

Perspectives in Psychology

3

Optional Courses: The students will Select one from the following four options

PSY – 7104

Industrial/Organizational Psychology I:

Organizational Behavior

3

PSY – 7105

Educational Psychology I

3

PSY – 7106

Clinical Psychology I: Psychology and Assessment

3

PSY – 7101

Counseling Psychology I

3

 

Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 7201

Psychological Assessment

3

PSY – 7203P

Seminar -II (Statistical Analysis on Computer)

3

PSY – 7208

Statistics in Psychology

3

Optional Courses: The students will study paper II of the area selected in Semester I

PSY – 7204

Industrial/Organizational Psychology II: Human Resource Management

3

PSY – 7205

Educational Psychology II

3

PSY – 7206

Clinical Psychology II: Therapeutic Interventions

3

PSY – 7207

Counseling Psychology II

3

 

Year – 2

Semester III & IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 7499

Thesis

12

* Optional Courses (Subject to the availability of the faculty)

Ph.D

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Semester – I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY – 8101

Research Foundation Course

3

PSY – 8102

Seminar on Core Areas of Psychology

3

PSY – 8103

Seminar on Research Methods

3

Semester – II

PSY – 8201

Teaching in Psychology

3

PSY – 8202

Research Instrument Development

3

PSY – 8203

Advanced Statistics on Computer

3

 

Faculty:

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Name

Designation

Area of Interest

Dr. Syeda Salma Hasan,

Msc (PU)

In-charge/Assistant Professor

Social and Developmental Psychology

Amina Hanif Tarar,

MPhil (PU)

Assistant Professor

Social Psychology, Psychology and Religion, Social Issues

Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool,

PhD, M.Sc (PU)

Assistant Professor

Emotional Intelligence, Social Psychology, Gender Issues, and Clinical Psychology

Iffat Batool,

MPhil (QAU)

Assistant Professor

 

Dr. Kashif Fida (IPFP)

Assistant Professor

 
Sadia Huda Research Associate  

Nasreen Akhtar,

MPhil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Organizational  & Educational Psychology

Muhammad Mussaffa Butt

LLB(BZU), Mphil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Emotions, postmodern traditions in psychotherapy, Drug addiction, organizational psychology, positive clinical psychology, and Islamic psychology

Bushra Ramzan, (on leave)

MPhil (PU)

Lecturer

Clinical Psychology

Samra Tanveer,

MPhil (PU)

Lecturer

Social Psychology

Shirmeen Ijaz,

Mphil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Personality, Islamic Psychology, Human relations and Health psychology

Aneesa Ansar

BSc Hons (GCUL)

Teaching / Reaearch Assistant

Social and cultural issues. Emotional intelligence, clinical psychology and qualitative research

Sumaira Khursheed

Teaching / Reaearch Assistant

 
Mariam Tahira

Teaching / Reaearch Assistant

 

 

 

 

Journals & Publications

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The Department of Psychology, GC University, Lahore has many Publications including an HEC Recognized Journal entitled "Pakistan Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology", etc........Click Here for details

 

 

Contact Us

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Dr. Syeda Salma Hasan,

In-charge & Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

GC University, Lahore

UAN: +92 (42) 111-000-010 Ext: 336

 

 


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