Jung in Contexts: Historical, Philosophical, Cultural

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Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
20 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA C89312 Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies,
MA C89324 Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies,
MA C893MO Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies

Module description

This module explores the historical, philosophical, cultural, and religious background of analytical psychology. It includes a core of seminars in which special attention is paid to Jung's collaborative relationship with Freud and to their divergence. In the other seminars, issues more specific to Jung's own thinking and to their development in analytical psychology are explored. This structure allows the development of a comparative as well as a contextual view of analytical psychology.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
To provide historical, philosophical, and cultural background that will enrich understanding of the origin and nature of analytical psychology;
To foster a critical approach to the history and theory of analytical psychology and, more particularly, to the nature and validity of evidence and interpretation; and
To explore the value of contextual understanding for the comparative study of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:
Show how analytical psychology emerged out of, differentiated itself from, and continues to develop in relationship to specific but complex socio-cultural conditions (both immediate and long-term), and use this ability to illuminate similarities and differences between the two main schools of depth psychology, psychoanalysis and analytical psychology;
Discuss analytical psychology with awareness that it is diverse and complex, has a past and disputed histories of that past, and changes continually;
Demonstrate how analytical psychology 'bites its own tail', i.e., provides critical theoretical perspectives both on the events and circumstances of its own past and on the disciplines (e.g., biography, history, philosophy) by which we might try to establish and evaluate its past;
Deploy various critical and academic skills (e.g., how to evaluate historical sources, philosophical arguments, or cultural artefacts) in the investigation of the theories and texts of analytical psychology; and
Understand the process and limits of interpretation as a form of enquiry.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

In general, each seminar will include an overview of the topic under discussion, presented by the seminar leader, followed by more focused study based on group work and the set readings. At least half of every seminar will normally be devoted to group work and discussion. Attendance at, and participation in, seminars is a requirement of the module. Some attention will also be given in the seminars to methodological issues (e.g., how the tools of historical, philosophical, or cultural investigation can be most effectively deployed in addressing each selected topic). In addition, as occasion arises, there will be some clarification of Jungian concepts and themes relevant for later modules.


  • Marlan, S. (c2006) 'Alchemy', in The handbook of Jungian psychology: theory, practice, and applications, Abingdon: Routledge., pp.263-295
  • Carus, Carl Gustav. (1989, cc1970) Psyche: on the development of the soul, Dallas, Tex: Spring Publications. vol. Dunquin series
  • Jung, C. G.; Read, Herbert; Fordham, Michael; Adler, Gerhard. (1957-) The collected works of C. G. Jung, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Nagy, Marilyn. (c1991) Philosophical issues in the psychology of C.G. Jung, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
  • Samuels A. (1989-) 'The professionalization of Carl G. Jung's analytical psychology clubs', in Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. vol. 30 (2)
  • Bishop, Paul. (1999) Jung in contexts: a reader, London: Routledge.
  • Freud, Sigmund; Strachey, James; Dickson, Albert. (1993) Historical and expository works on psychoanalysis: history of the psychoanalytic movement, an autobiographical study, outline of psychoanalysis and other works, London: Penguin Books. vol. The Penguin Freud library ; v. 15
  • Jung, C. G. (1957-) The Zofingia Lectures - Thoughts on the Interpretation of Christianity with Reference to the Theory of Albrecht Ritschl, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. vol. Supplement A, pp.91-111
  • Charet, F. X. (c1993) Spiritualism and the foundations of C.G. Jung's psychology, Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Hollingdale, R. J. (c1969, reprinted 1983) Thus spoke Zarathustra: a book for everyone and no one, Baltimore: Penguin.
  • Freud, Sigmund; Jung, C. G.; McGuire, William. (1974) The Freud/Jung letters: the correspondence between Sigmund Freud and C. G. Jung, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. vol. Bollingen series
  • Shamdasani, S. (1942-) 'Memories, Dreams, Omissions', in Spring: a journal of archetype and culture, Putnam, Conn: Spring Publications. vol. 57, pp.115-137
  • Main, R. (1960-) 'Religion, Science, and Synchronicity', in Harvest, London: Karnac for the Analytical Psychology Club. vol. 46 (2) , pp.89-107
  • Jung, C. G.; Clarke, J. J. (1995) Jung on the East, London: Routledge.
  • Segal, R. (c1995) 'Jung's Fascination with Gnosticism', in The allure of Gnosticism: the Gnostic experience in Jungian psychology and contemporary culture, Chicago: Open Court., pp.26-38
  • Makari, George. (2008) Revolution in mind: the creation of psychoanalysis, London: Duckworth.
  • Main, R. (2006) 'Psychology of Religion', in The Blackwell companion to the study of religion, Malden, MA: Blackwell. vol. Blackwell companions to religion, pp.152-158
  • Skea, Brian R. (2006-09) 'Sabina Spielrein: out from the shadow of Jung and Freud', in Journal of Analytical Psychology. vol. 51 (4) , pp.527-552
  • Shamdasani, Sonu. (1998-01) 'From Geneva to Zurich: Jung and French Switzerland', in Journal of Analytical Psychology. vol. 43 (1) , pp.115-126
  • Ellenberger, Henri F. (1970) The discovery of the unconscious: the history and evolution of dynamic psychiatry, London: Allen Lane, the Penguin Press.
  • Papadopoulos, Renos K. (1992) Carl Gustav Jung: critical assessments, London: Routledge. vol. Critical assessments of leading psychologists
  • McGuire, William; Hull, R. F. C. (1978, c1977) C.G. Jung speaking: interviews and encounters, London: Thames and Hudson.
  • (2015) The occult world, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Elms, Alan C. (1994) Uncovering lives: the uneasy alliance of biography and psychology, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bishop, Paul. (2008) Analytical psychology and German classical aesthetics: Goethe, Schiller & Jung, London: Routledge.
  • Anthony, Maggy. (c1999) Jung's circle of women: the valkyries, York Beach, ME: Nicolas-Hays.
  • Jung, C. G.; JaffĂ©, Aniela. (1963) Memories, dreams, reflections, London: Collins and Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Clay, Catrine. (2016) Labyrinths: Emma Jung, her marriage to Carl and the early years of psychoanalysis: William Collins.
  • Schopenhauer, Arthur; Hillebrand, Karl. (2011) On the will in nature, [Lexington, Ky.]: Maestro Reprints.
  • Douglas, C. (2008) 'The historical context of analytical psychology', in The Cambridge companion to Jung, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., pp.17-34
  • Freud, Sigmund; Strachey, James; Freud, Anna; Rothgeb, Carrie Lee. (1953-1974) The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud, London: Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.
  • Haule, John R. (Winter 1984) 'From Somnambulism to the Archetypes: The French Roots of Jung's Split with Freud', in Psychoanalytic Review. vol. 71 (4) , pp.635-659
  • Freud, Sigmund. (1985) The origins of religion: Totem and taboo, Moses and monotheism and other works, Harmondsworth: Penguin. vol. The Penguin Freud Library
  • Grossman, S. (Dec 1, 1979) 'C. G. Jung and National Socialism', in Journal of European Studies. vol. 9 (4)
  • Samuels, Andrew. (1986, c1985) Jung and the post-Jungians, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Nan Savage Healy. (2016) Toni Wolff & C. G. Jung: A Collaboration: Tiberius Press.
  • Heuer, Gottfried. (2010) Sacral revolutions: reflecting on the work of Andrew Samuels : cutting edges in psychoanalysis and Jungian analysis, Hove: Routledge.
  • Jung, C. G. (1968) Analytical psychology: its theory and practice ; the Tavistock lectures, London: Routledge & K. Paul.
  • Hanegraaff, Wouter J. (2012) Esotericism and the academy: rejected knowledge in western culture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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   Presentation    20% 
Coursework   Essay    80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Kevin Lu, email:
Dr Kevin Lu
Student Administrator 5A.202; Tel: 01206 873745; Email:



External examiner

Dr Lucy Huskinson
Bangor University
Senior Lecturer / Head of School
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2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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