Psychoanalytic Theory: Freud and Object Relations

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
26 August 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA C890 Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies,
BA C89A Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA C89B Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA C89C Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module builds up on the foundations provided in the first year, and in particular on PA208. Students will here be introduced to more advanced readings and topics in Freudian theory, which lead to the work of Melanie Klein and the British Object Relations School of psychoanalysis.

By paying close attention to foundational topics, this module aims to provide the basic concepts which have been later applied in a variety of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic settings and schools.

Module aims

• To enable students to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic psychoanalytic concepts
• To provide a contemporary perspective on those ideas
• To introduce students to the British school of object relations
• To map how Freudian concepts have been interpreted and revisioned by the British Object relations school
• To enable a critical understanding of psychoanalysis and its clinical applications

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

• Demonstrate some historical knowledge of the emergence of the British Object Relations ideas and concepts;

• Show some insight into the theories of key figures in the Object Relations tradition;

• Understand the main distinctions between the Freudian and objects relations tradition, as well as demonstrate an understanding of their applicability beyond the clinical setting.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

10 Weekly one-hour lectures by staff, followed by one-hour seminars led by Graduate Teaching Assistants, both from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies.


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   Annotated bibliography    40% 
Coursework   Essay    60% 

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
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Leonardo Niro, email:
From Dept of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Student Administrator 5A.202; telphone 01206 874969;



External examiner

Dr Angie Voela
University of East London
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 15 (71.4%) hours available to students:
6 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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