Rajasthan Board Psychology Syllabus for Class 11

Rajasthan Board Syllabus for Class 11 Psychology

Time : 3.15 Hours

Total marks : 100


Unit I : Introduction to Psychology

This unit seeks to help understanding and appreciating psychology as a discipline.

Its applications and relationship with other sciences through appropriate and interesting

examples and analysis of everyday experiences.


Nature of psychology; Basic concepts: Person, Consciousness: Sleep and

Wakefulness and altered states of consciousness, Behavior and Experience: Similarities and variations in psychological attributes; Evolution of the discipline of psychology Development in psychology in India; Psychology and other disciplines; Linkages across Psychology processes, Energing perspectives: evolutionary, culture and positive Psychology

Unit II : Methods of Psychology

The objective of this unit is to familiarize with the methods of studying and under

standing Qualitative method, psychological questions and issues.


Goals of psychological enquiry; Some important methods: Observation, Naturalistic, Experimental: Correlation study; Interview, Case study; Psychological tools: Tests, Questionnaires and gadgets; Qualitative method, Qualitative Analysis of data: Concepts and computation of the Measures of Central Tendency: Graphical Presentation of Data: Bar, Histogram, Polygon; Ethical issues in the study of psychological processes

Unit III: The Bases of Human Behavior

This unit focuses on the role of biological and socio-cultural factors in the shaping

of human behavior and experience.


Evolutionary perspective on human behavior; Biological and cultural roots;

Nervous system and endocrine system: Structure and relationship of with behavior and experience; Brain and behavior, Role of Neurotransmitters in behavior. Sleep and wakefulness. Genetic basis of behavior; Culture and human behavior; Socialization,

Enculturation and Acculturation; Globalization; Diversity and pluralism in the Indian context.




Unit IV: Human Development

This unit deals with variations in development and the developmental tasks across the life span.


Meaning of development; Factors influencing development; Contexts of development; Overview of development at stages; Prenatal development, Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence (particularly issues of identity, health, social participation and moral development, Adulthood and Old age.

Unit V: Sensory and Perceptual Processes

This unit aims at understanding how various sensory stimuli are received, attended

to and given meaning.


Knowing the world; Nature of stimuli; Nature and functioning of sense modalities;

Sensory Adaptation; Attention : Nature and determinants; Selective and sustained attention; Principles of perceptual organization; Role of perceiver, characteristics in perception; Pattern recognition; Perceptual phenomena : After images; Space Perceptin, Perceptual constancy, IIIusions, Person perception; Socio-cultural influences on perception.

Unit VI : Learning

This unit focuses on how human beings acquire new behavior and how changes

in behavior take place.


Nature of learning and learning curve: Paradigms of learning: Classical and Operant Conditioning, Observational Learning, Cognitive learning, Verbal learning, Concept learning, skill earning; Factors facilitating learning; Transfer of learning: Types and Applications, Learning styles: Learning disabilities; Some Applications of learning principles.

Unit VII : Human Memory

This unit deals with how information is received, stored, retrieved and lost. It will

also discuss how memory can be improved.


Nature of memory; Information Processing Approach; Levels of processing; Memory systems – Sensory memory, Short-term memory, Long – term memory;

Knowledge representation and organization in memory; Memory as a constructive process memory and emotions; prospective memory; Nature and causes of forgetting; Enhancing

Unit VIII: Language and Thought

This unit deals with thinking and related processes like reasoning, problem-solving,

decision making and creative thinking and relationship between thought and language


Building blocks of thinking; Thought and language : Nature and inter relationship;

Stage of cognitive development: Introduction to the ideas of Piaget and Vygotsky, Development of language and language use; Reasoning: Problem-solving; Decision making; Creative thinking: Nature, process and development.

Unit IX : Motivation and Emotion

This unit focuses on why human beings behave as they do. It also deals with how

people experience positive and negative events and respond to them.


Human existence and nature of motivation; Biological needs; Social and psychological motives: Achievement, Affiliation and Power, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; Emerging concepts: Competence, Self efficacy and Intrinsic Motivation; Nature of emotions; Physiological, cognitive and cultural bases of emotions; Expression of emotions; Positive

emotions; Happiness, Optimism, Empathy and Gratitude; Development of positive emotions; Managing negative emotions such as anger and fear.


Practicals (Projects, experiments, small studies, etc.)


The students shall be required to undertake one project and conduct one experiment.

The project would involve the use of different methods of enquiry and related skills.

Practicals would involve conducting experiments and undertaking small studies, exercises, related to the topics covered in the course (e.g. Human development, Learning, Memory, Motivation, Perception, Attention and Thinking).


Prescribed Books -

Psychology- NCERT's Book Published under Copyright


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