Course Title: 
Understanding the Self
Course Code: 
Year Taught: 
Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Understanding the Self' is a course offered in Seventh Semester of B. Sc. - B. Ed. in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

On completion of the course, the student teacher will;

  • Understand self as a person and as a teacher (Professional identity).
  • Develop sensitivities, dispositions and skills which will help to facilitate personality of students.
  • Develop social relational sensitivity (develop desirable social relationships with students, colleagues, managers and parents and members of the community.
  • Develop resilience to deal with conflicts at different levels.
  • Learn to organize groups to draw collective strength to handle (solve)academic, personal and social (group) tensions / conflicts .
  • Develop a holistic and integrated understandings of human self and personality.
  • Identify self-identities (gender, relational, social cultural)and analyses one beliefs, stereotypes, prejudice, attitudes and values objectively.


Workshop session 1:

Developing relational sensitivity (objective)

Subject Content:

Meaning of social relational sensitivity, impact of community on individuals, social relationships with students, colleagues, administrators peers, parents and community, interaction between school/teachers and community role of emotional reaction in social relationships. conflict resolution at different levels (colleagues, students, parent, community) is using group efforts to resolve conflicts, creativity and group dynamics.


  • Discussion on how to develop positive social relationships among the peer, siblings, neighbors /community teacher and head master in the school context.
  • Analyse the social structure of a class-room using sociometry.
  • Listen to a recitation of a passage or a story building or a narration and record it after listening and evaluate the content listened. Submit it in a report form.
  • Analysis of greeting people on special occasions with special items – how and why –Report.
  • Social distance scale.


Workshop Session 2:

Understanding the self-personality (objective)

Subject Content:
Concept of self, identities of self as a person, personality development, social cultural influence on self-development, beliefs, attitudes and values.


  • Write a note on oneself consisting of perception of one’s self (Who I am?); social cultural back-ground, one’s beliefs, attitudes and values.
  • Watching a movie/ documentary about successful persons and analyse the influence of lifeevent on self-development.
  • Understanding one’s ability to transfer learning using Bilateral Transfer of learning. 
  • Analyse the personality of individual using Eyesenck’s Personality test.
  • Thematic Apperception test (TAT)


Workshop Session 3:

Understanding the self-adjustment and mental health resolving conflicts.

Subject Content:
Concept of adjustment and mental health. Different modes of resolving conflicts and Defense mechanisms.


  • Analyse self-adjustment using Bell’s Adjustment Inventory.
  • Discussion on students’ real life experiences to strengthen their mental health and personal adjustment.
  • Analyse a conflicting situation and reflect on the strategies adopted to solve item. Discuss the types of conflicts.
  • Identify the frustrating and depressed situations Come out with the strategies to resolve them.


Workshop Session 4:

Intelligence and Creativity


  • Understanding the level of intelligence using Raven’s Progressive matrices.
  • Discussion on different modes of intelligence, Emotional intelligence.
  • Creative work for self expression (writing a poem, story or drama relating to Understanding of self, critical analysis of one –self).
  • Production of creative work –Small group production and display – Example –painting, clay models, greeting cards, imitation jewelry, embroidery