PA217-5-AU-CO:
Psychodynamic Concepts

The details
2023/24
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
24 August 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
PA210 and PA211
(none)
(none)

 

PA257

Key module for

DIPLC89A09 Psychodynamic Approaches,
DIPLC89A24 Psychodynamic Approaches,
MA C89D36 Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (3 year),
MA C89D48 Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (4 year),
MA C89DFD Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (3 year)

Module description

This module offers an understanding of the key theoretical concepts used in psychodynamic thinking, relating both to individuals and personal relationships and to group and organisational dynamics.

In particular, it helps students understand the unconscious dynamics at work in individuals and families, and become able to apply their understanding beyond individuals in relation to groups and organisations. The module aims to establish a theoretical foundation for the rest of the programme. As such students will study the basis of a psychodynamic approach, the key theoretical ideas and their place within the discipline. The discipline is understood with reference to its place in social science and the underpinning philosophical assumptions are considered.

Module aims

The module aims are:
* To familiarise students with the key concepts of psychodynamic thinking applied to individuals and families.
* To help students understand the underpinning assumptions of psychodynamic thinking and its place in Social Sciences.
* To build on students' understanding of the psychodynamics of human behaviour by applying these ideas to groups and organisations.
* To become aware of the unconscious dynamics at work in individuals, families, groups and organisations.
* To understand the importance of the unconscious in everyday life and in clinical presentations.
* To understand the importance of these theoretical ideas in later working with clients as a psychodynamic practitioner.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:
* Understand key psychodynamic concepts about individuals and personal relationships and their place in the discipline.
* Be aware of the place of psychodynamic thinking in the social sciences
* Be familiar wiith the role of the unconscious and unconscious processes in relationships and interactions.
* Be familiar with key psychodynamic concepts relating to organisational dynamics.
* Be aware of the implications of psychodynamic concepts for later work with clients

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There are 10 week of 2 hour seminars. Teaching is divided into two components, the first hour is a taught seminar, the second hour is a group discussion. Seminars may include workshops and other exercises.

Bibliography

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

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Formative essay  20/11/2023  0% 
Coursework   Essay  10/01/2024  100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Joanne Emmens, email: je23897@essex.ac.uk.
Student Administrator 5A.202; telephone 01206 873745; email ppspgt@essex.ac.uk Email: ppspgt@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

Mr Mike Keating
Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy
Head of Training
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 38 (95%) 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.

 

Further information

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