(ONB 106) : Psychology and the Humanities Module 1 – Psychology of Indian Society

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    Sudhir Kakar,
    Senior Homi Bhabha Fellow,
    Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study of Humanities, University of Cologne, Germany and Visiting Professor of Leadership, INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France.


    Public Lecture by Prof. Sudhir Kakar
     Course Title: Psychology and the Humanities.(3 independent Modules)

    Revised Dates for module 1
    (to  avoid clash with Ganesh vacations)
    Module 1:  Psychology of Indian Society
    Session I       Sept. 2nd, 4th & 6th  2013     (6 hous)
    Session II      December. 11th,12th, 13th, 16th. 17th, 2013.    (9 hours)
    Module2. Jan./Feb 2014.      Psychology and Literature
    Module3. March 2014.         Psychology and History
    Course Instructor : Sudhir Kakar
    Objective. To make participants familiar with the depth-psychological approach to the study of various disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Module 1: Indian Society
    Sept. 2nd, 4th & 6th, 2013 and December 11th,12th, 13th, 16th. 17th, 2013
    (8 Lectures, 2-hour sessions each)
    Place and Time will be intimated later
    Session 1. Monday. September 2nd, 2013 at 03:30 p.m.  OPEN TO PUBLIC
    The Elephant or the unconscious mind in everyday life.
    Session 2. Is there an Indian identity. (Wednesday, 4thSeptember, 2013)
    Required Reading:
    1. ‘Introduction’, S.Kakar and K. Kakar, The Indians. New Delhi: Penguin, pp.1-6.
    2. The Indians, pp.185-193 and pp. 196-203.
    Recommended reading: ‘Preface’ Kakar/ Jahanbegloo, India Analysed, New Delhi: OUP.
    Session 3. Indian Women. (Friday, 6th September, 2013)
    Required Reading:
    The Indians, pp.41-66. 
    Recommended Reading:
    1. S. Kakar, The Inner World, New Delhi: OUP, pp.56-78.
    2. R. Ghadially, Women in Indian society: A Reader, New Delhi: Sage.
    Session 4. Indian Sexuality (Wednesday, 11th December, 2013)
    Required Reading:
    The Indians, pp.71-106.
    Recommended Reading:
    W. Doniger and S. Kakar, ‘Introduction’, Kamasutra: A new translation, New Delhi: OUP.
    Session 5. Hindu-Muslim Conflict. (Thursday, 12th December, 2013)
    Required Reading:
    The Indians, pp.152-179.
    Session 6. The Psychology of Caste (Friday, 13th December, 2013)
    Required Reading:
    The Indians, pp. 25-40
    Recommended Reading:
    A. Dundes, Two Tales of Crow and Sparrow, Lanham: Rowman
    Session7. Authority relationships in Indian institutions (Monday, 16th December, 2013)
    Required Reading:
    The Indians, pp. 13-24
    Recommended Reading:
    J.B.P. Sinha, The Nurturant Task Leader, New Delhi: Concept.
    Session 8. 1 hour. Essay for assessment (Tuesday, 17thDecember, 2013)
    Course pre-requisites: Motivation and commitment. No prior knowledge of psychology necessary.
    The Lecture Method will not be used in this course Participants are expected to complete the required reading prior to the session. The instructor will stimulate and respond discussion based on the readings and reflections of the participants.
    Assessment: Class participation, 40 percent. Essay, 60 percent.
    Who can register:
    Students of Goa University and members of the public. Class size limited to 35.
    The course has a value of one credit for Goa University students and a certificate of participation for others who complete course requirements.
    Recommended Reading:
    S. Kakar, The Colours of Violence, New Delhi: Penguin.