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Psychoanalysis Then and Now: From Freud to Psychosocial Studies (FYS)
Fall 2021
Section: 01  

Psychoanalysis appears to be little more than an anachronism within the context of modern Psychology, and yet it nonetheless is leading a surprising afterlife--at once defunct as an institutional player and yet at the vanguard of cultural theory and clinical psychology practice. This course traces the trajectory of Psychoanalysis from its origin in Freud's theory of unconscious mental processes and his talking cure to its current manifestations in the field of Psychosocial Studies. We consider how psychoanalysis is an inherently critical practice with the capacity to uniquely situate an individual in relation to social forces that have influenced their personal development, without reducing a person to their social context and/or family history. The course begins with exploration of foundational psychoanalytic concepts (the unconscious, transference, resistance, the drives) and moves to consider the dimensions of social-unconscious processes in groups, institutions, and nations. We also explore how psychoanalysis can inform the psychosocial study of subjectivity, ideology, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and current sociopolitical issues.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PSYC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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