Current Debates in Depth Psychology

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
20 May 2019


Requisites for this module
PA208 and PA209 and PA401 and PA402



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 consists of blocks of one to three seminars by individual members of staff from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, where they will present their latest research projects. In it, students will extend their knowledge about the variety of different approaches to psychodynamic thinking, as well as experience the different applications of those ideas in concrete research projects in a number of fields: the humanities, history, social sciences, psychotherapy, social care and others. The content of the programme and teaching staff will vary every year so as to remain always new, innovative and attuned to what is most recent in the field.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
* To provide a contemporary perspective on the different applications of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory
* To enable students to acquire an in-depth understanding of psychoanalytic concepts and their applications
* To provide students with greater understanding of the different methods of research, as well as with concrete examples of how research is conducted today

Module learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes:
* Students will have a deeper understanding of psychoanalytic concepts and their applications in various fields
* Students will develop a stronger sense of how research is conducted: the problems, benefits and shortcomings of different methods
* Students will be able to better understand how to apply the concepts they have learned in other modules to concrete research methods
* Students will learn about different research methods

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

20 weekly two-hour lectures in blocks of one to three seminars per member of staff.


  • Fanon, Frantz; Markmann, Charles Lam; Gilroy, Paul. (2017) Black skin, white masks, London: Pluto Press.
  • Hook, Derek. (2012) A critical psychology of the postcolonial: the mind of apartheid, Hove: Routledge.
  • Marriott, D. S. (©2007) 'Bonding over phobia', in Haunted life: visual culture and Black modernity, New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press., pp.207-224

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 Weighting
Coursework   Reading assignment 1    4% 
Coursework   Reading assignment 2    4% 
Coursework   Reading assignment 3    4% 
Coursework   Reading assignment 4    4% 
Coursework   Reading assignment 5    4% 
Coursework   Presentation    40% 
Coursework   Essay    40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Matt Ffytche, email:
from Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Student Administrator 5A.202; telephone 01206 874969;



External examiner

Prof Barry Richards
Bournemouth University
Professor of Political Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 33 hours, 33 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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