Key Texts of C G Jung

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
21 August 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 will examine in depth some of Jung's key texts. The first half of the module will critically explore texts relating to Jung's theory of myth and its application. It will also include analysis of the mythopoeic dimension of Jung's own writing. The second half of the module will examine texts exemplifying Jung's work as psychological theorist and as critic of science, religion, and society. Again, attention will be given to the manner as well as the matter of Jung's writing. The particular texts studied on the module may change from year to year.

Module aims

• To develop the ability to analyse closely various key texts by Jung;
• To acquire a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of Jung’s writings on the specific topic of myth, and an ability to explain the position of these writings within Jung’s work as a whole;
• To develop, through study of primary sources, a critical understanding of the various means (empirical, philosophical, rhetorical, etc.) by which Jung articulates and substantiates his psychological theory and deploys it in his critique of science, religion, and society.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:
• Critically evaluate the guiding ideas, underlying assumptions, forms of argument, uses of evidence, and modes of expression in key texts by Jung;
• Demonstrate thorough knowledge of and an ability critically to examine Jung’s texts on myth, his theory of myth, and the mythopoeic dimension of Jung’s own thought and writing;
• Demonstrate detailed knowledge of and an ability critically to examine texts exemplifying diverse facets of Jung’s work as psychological theorist and critic of science, religion, and society.

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, including close analysis of selected passages from 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.


  • Jung, C. G.; Read, Herbert; Fordham, Michael; Adler, Gerhard. (1957-) The collected works of C. G. Jung, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Leeming, David Adams. (2014) The world of myth: an anthology, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Jung, C. G.; Jaffé, Aniela. (1995) Memories, dreams, reflections, London: Fontana.
  • Jung, C. G.; Lammers, Ann Conrad; Cunningham, Adrian; Stein, Murray; White, Victor. (2007) The Jung-White letters, Hove: Routledge.
  • (2013) How and why we still read Jung: personal and professional reflections, Hove: Routledge.
  • Jung, C. G.; Read, Herbert; Fordham, Michael; Adler, Gerhard. (2014) The collected works of C. G. Jung, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Jung, C. G.; Shamdasani, Sonu. (2012], c2009) The red book =: Liber novus : a reader's edition, New York: W.W. Norton.

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 Critical Commentary 13/01/2020 20%
Coursework Essay 22/04/2020 80%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Roderick Main, Mark Saban, Dr David Henderson, Dr Kevin Lu
Student Administrator 5A.202; Tel: 01206 873745 Email:



External examiner

Dr Lucy Huskinson
Bangor University
Senior Lecturer / Head of School
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 36 (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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