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The department of Psychology in Nasarawa State University was established in 2001 as one of the pioneer departments in the university. At its inception, the department had three Assistant Lecturers with Nze, Chukwuemeka Leonard as the coordinator for one academic session. Currently the department is headed by Harri Sylvester Atama.
The department was established at the inception of the university i.e. in the year 2002.
The major objective and focus of the department is to train students to acquire psychological knowledge and skills to be able to identify psychological and adjustment problems of mankind in general, and to use such knowledge, skills and techniques to manage or help people with adjustment problems as well as enhancing the lives of even the healthy. In short, special, attention is focused on teaching the application of psychological knowledge and skills on identifying and managing human problem.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME IN PSYCHOLOGY
The founding father of the discipline of psychology, William Wundt, (1879) intended psychology to be a scientific study of human animal (normal and abnormal) behavior, by using scientific methods. From its Germanic (European) origins, psychology in the 20th century has flourished in the USA, where the philosophy is to use discipline to analyze and solve problems that relate to interactions between man and society. Since 1964 when psychology was implanted in Nigeria at the University of Nsukka, it has attempted the systematic study of man and animal, their behavioral patterns (normal and abnormal) their environment, their experience, Attitudes, beliefs, values. As a science, psychology seeks to discover patterns, using fact, principles and generalization, in order to increase our knowledge, understanding and control of behavior in various social and cultural settings, groups, institutions and organizations.
The philosophy behind the psychology curriculum of Nigeria Universities is therefore to equip students with skills, concepts and abilities which can help them to understand, predict condition, control and change human and animal behaviors for the overall social, economic, political and national development of Nigeria.
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