PA401-5-AU-CO:
Psychoanalytic Theory: Freud and Object Relations

The details
2019/20
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
20 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
PA208
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

PA407

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.


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 revised by the British Object Relations School
* To enable a critical understanding of psychoanalysis and its clinical applications


Learning Outcomes

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

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

* Show some insight into the theories of Klein and Bion;

* Understand the main distinctions between the Freudian and objects relations tradition, as well as understand in which points the latter is a follower of the first.

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.

Bibliography

  • D. W. Winnicott, F.R.C.P. (Lond.). (1971) Mirror-role of mother and family in child development. vol. 1
  • Holmes, Jeremy. (©2014) Loss, Anger and Grie, Hove: Routledge.
  • (no date) Segal, H. (1988/1973). Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein. Ch. 2: Phantasy.
  • D. W. Winnicott. (1953) 'Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena—A Study of the First Not-Me Possession1', in International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. vol. 34, pp.89-97
  • Holmes, Jeremy. (2014) John Bowlby and attachment theory, Hove: Routledge.
  • D. W. Winnicott, F.R.C.P. (Lond.). (1971) Playing: A Theoretical Statement. vol. 1
  • (no date) Segal, H. (1988/1973). Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein. Ch.6: The Depressive Position.
  • (no date) Segal, H. (1988/1973). Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein, Ch. 7: Manic defences.
  • Holmes, Jeremy. (©2014) Attachment, anxiety, internal working models, Hove: Routledge.
  • Segal, Hanna. (1988) Introduction to the work of Melanie Klein, London: Karnac & the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
  • Fonagy, Peter. (c2001) 'Summary: What do Psychoanalytic Theories and Attachment Theory have in common?', in Attachment theory and psychoanalysis, New York: Other Press., pp.157-184
  • Winnicott, D. W. (1974) Playing and reality, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.
  • John Bowlby. (2012) ATTACHMENT, COMMUNICATION, AND THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS, London: Routledge.
  • (no date) Segal, H. (1988/1973). Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein. Ch. 5: The Psychopathology of the Paranoid-Schizoid Position.
  • Holmes, Jeremy. (©2014) Attachment Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy, Hove: Routledge.
  • Elizabeth Bott Spillius. (2001) 'Freud and Klein on the Concept of Phantasy1', in International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. vol. 82, pp.361-373
  • D. W. Winnicott. (1960) 'The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship', in International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. vol. 41, pp.585-595
  • D. W. Winnicott, F.R.C.P. (Lond.). (1971) Creativity and its Origins. vol. 1
  • (no date) Segal, H. (1988/1973). Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein. Ch. 4: Envy.

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 Essay 18/12/2019
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
60% 40%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
60% 40%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Leonardo Nascimento
Student Administrator 5A.202; telphone 01206 874969; ppsug@essex.ac.uk Room 5A.202

 

Availability
No
Yes
No

External examiner

Prof Barry Richards
Bournemouth University
Professor of Political Psychology
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (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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