Psychoanalysis and the Child

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
20 May 2019


Requisites for this module


PA401, PA408

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),
BA L520 Childhood Studies,
BA L521 Childhood Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA L522 Childhood Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA L523 Childhood Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module builds on PA401 Psychoanalytic Theory: Freud and Object Relations. We examine some of the developments in object relations theory with a special focus on the figure of the child. We consider some of the debates surrounding the development of psychoanalysis of children through the work of Melanie Klein, D. W. Winnicott, Anna Freud, amongst others. We pay attention to the importance of play and practices of observation to understand how and why the figure of the child has been central to the development of psychoanalytic thought.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
* To introduce students to some of the basic questions and debates prompted by psychoanalytic work with children
* To cover some of the history of the emergence of traditions of child psychoanalysis from Sigmund Freud to more contemporary work
* To give a more detailed exploration of Melanie Klein's ideas and D. W. Winnicott's in relation to their work with children
* To promote an understanding of what differentiates psychoanalytic work with children, practically, ethically, theoretically from work with adults

Module learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes:
* Students will show some awareness of the debates and problems which have emerged in relation to psychoanalytic work with children.
* Students will be able to demonstrate some historical knowledge of the emergence of work with children within the psychoanalytic tradition.
* Students will be able to show some insight into the particular techniques and theories applied to child work by Klein, Winnicott and others.
* Students will have a grasp of how child psychoanalysis forms a distinct body of work from adult psychoanalysis, and will be able to compare the way in which object relations theory is applied in both realms.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

9 Weekly one-hour lectures by staff, followed by one-hour seminars led by Graduate Teaching Assistants, both from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. 1 Field Trip with talk and discussion of child psychotherapeutic services.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Field Trip Review 17/03/2020 15%
Coursework Essay 14/04/2020

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
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 30 hours, 30 (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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