Freud: Mind, Culture and Society
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 17 December 2021
29 September 2021
Requisites for this module
PA209, PA218, PA401, PA403, PA407
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the distinctive character of psychological thinking when the concept of a deep unconscious is introduced; that is, an unconscious whose origins, content and processes are not just outside our awareness, but are far removed from those of conscious life. Sigmund Freud called this form of psychology 'depth psychology', and it includes the traditions that grew from his work and from that of Carl Jung.
The theories of psychoanalysis and of analytical psychology are fascinating and significant in their own right, both in their importance in clinical practice and as conceptual systems. They also introduce a profound, new dimension to the understanding of society, culture and politics. Indeed, Freud and Jung (whose work is explored in a separate module, PA209-4-SP / PA209-5-SP / PA209-6-SP JUNG) wrote extensively in these areas, as well as on clinical practice.
This module will provide an introduction specifically to the theories of Freud, and will also explore their significance in social and cultural analysis. In these areas, psychoanalysis provides both models of social and cultural phenomena, and methods for studying them, based mainly on an understanding of the unconscious, of nuclear complexes (e.g., the Oedipus complex) and Freud's fundamental discovery, the transference.
To provide an introduction to the psychology of Sigmund Freud
To enable an understanding of the place and contribution of psychoanalysis to the development of depth psychology and the talking therapies
To explore the ways in which Freud theorised about culture, society and politics
To outline the ways in which Freud's theories have been applied to understanding culture and society
By the end of the module you should be able to:
Synthesise the key elements comprising Freudian psychology
Define and assess the key concepts of Psychoanalysis
Contextualise Freud's contribution to the development of depth psychology
Note the distinctive features of Freud's understanding of the unconscious
Comprehend the ways in which Freud's psychology may elucidate cultural and social phenomena
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Weekly one-hour lectures by staff, followed by one-hour seminars led by Graduate Teaching Assistants, both from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies.
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1933) New Introductory Lectures On Psycho-Analysis. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XXII (1932-1936): New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis and Other Works. vol. 1
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1916) Some Character-Types Met with in Psycho-Analytic Work. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XIV (1914-1916): On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement, Papers on Metapsychology and Other Works. vol. 309
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1906) Psychopathic Characters on the Stage (1942 [1905 or 1906]). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume VII (1901-1905): A Case of Hysteria, Three Essays on Sexuality and Other Works. vol. 303
- Makari, George. (2008) Revolution in mind: the creation of psychoanalysis, London: Duckworth.
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1938) Splitting of the Ego in the Process of Defence. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XXIII (1937-1939): Moses and Monotheism, An Outline of Psycho-Analysis and Other Works. vol. 271
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1893) Katharina, Case Histories from Studies on Hysteria. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume II (1893-1895): Studies on Hysteria. vol. 125
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1921) Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XVIII (1920-1922): Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Group Psychology and Other Works. vol. 65
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1928) Dostoevsky and Parricide. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XXI (1927-1931): The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and its Discontents, and Other Works. vol. 173
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1917) Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XVI (1916-1917): Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (Part III). vol. 241
- PEP Web, http://0-www.pep-web.org.serlib0.essex.ac.uk/
- Sigmund Freud; James Strachey. (1911) Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental Functioning. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XII (1911-1913): The Case of Schreber, Papers on Technique and Other Works. vol. 213
- Sigmund FreudJames Strachey. (1900) The Interpretation of Dreams.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Maximilian Maher, email: email@example.com.
From Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Student Administrator, Room 5A.202, telephone 01206 874969, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Barry Richards
Professor of Political Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 18 (90%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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