Course objectives

Ethics are one of the pre-requisite for the clinical practice and research in psychology. Psychological research mainlyinvolves thehuman participants or animal, in this regard ethics in psychology will help the students to gather knowledge about the ethical considerations which must be used while dealing with them.

Course content

The course is aimed towards creating awareness and giving a guideline of ethical conduct of psychologists, ethical principles of psychologist, ethical standard, ethical committees and formation of working guidelines ,ethics and psychological research, psychologists’ responsibility, volunteerism, enticements, concealment, distortion, deception; debriefing. Relationship with colleagues and students, social responsibility, privacy and confidentiality, classroom materials, research data, assessment materials will be taught. Ethics in psychotherapy, sexually intimated behavior with clients, therapists’ obligation, ethical issues related to human and animal participants in psychological investigations will also be discussed under the guidelines of APA and BPS.

Recommended Text

  1. Fisher, C. B. (2003). Decoding the ethics code: A practical guide forpsychologists. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  2. Steinbock, B., Arras, J. D., & London, A. J. (2003). Ethical issues in modern medicine. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  3. Austin, K. M., Moline, M.E., & Williams, G. T. (1990). Confronting malpractice: Legal & ethical dilemmas in psychotherapy. Newbury Park: CA. Sage.
  4. Spiegel, P. K., & Koocher, G. P. (1998). Ethics in psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.


  • Psychological Assessment I
  • Psychological Assessment II
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Method
  • Positive Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Technical Writing
  • Research Project
  • Internship