COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Understanding the Self
Course Code: 
18EDU581
Year Taught: 
2019
Semester: 
7
Degree: 
Integrated Degree
School: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Campus: 
Mysuru

'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.

Activities: 

  • 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.

Activities: 

  • 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.

Activities: 

  • 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

Activities: 

  • 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