As a science, Psychology seeks to discover patterns, using facts, principles and generalizations, in order to increase our knowledge, understanding and control of behaviour in various social and cultural settings, groups, institutions and organizations.
The mission of the Psychology programme of Godfrey Okoye University is therefore to equip students with skills, concepts and abilities which can help them to understand, predict condition, control and modify human and animal behaviour for the overall social, economic, political and national development of Nigeria. Our university's mission and philosophy of dialogue forms the background of research and teaching in this programme.
Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of the programme Psychology are:
- To inculcate in Psychology students a sense of enthusiasm for and identify with Psychology as a profession; an appreciation of its application in different contexts, and environments, and to involve students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
- To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of psychological knowledge and practical skills.
- To develop in students the ability to apply their psychological knowledge and skills (such as analysis of behavioural etiology, patterns, prevalence and epidemiology; using the principles of cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, adjustment, conflicts, attitudes, beliefs, values, intelligence, personality, leadership and interpersonal skills, etc) in proffering solutions to theoretical and practical problems of psychology and society.
- To develop in students, through an education in Psychology, a range of transferable skills of value in psychological, social, organizational, industrial, educational, health and cultural employment environments, by the use of generative and creative methods of social engineering
- To provide students with a knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of psychology (such as health, clinical, organizational/industrial, managerial, artificial intelligence, social, human resources management, political, educational, forensic, environmental psychology, etc) or multi-disciplinary areas involving psychology.
- To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of psychology in developing countries like Nigeria in relation to industrial, economic, environmental and socio- cultural contexts, issues, problems and policies, especially as they relate to existential and epistemological values, attitudes and beliefs.