Module Details

PA927-7-AU-CO: Psychoanalysis Of Groups And Organisations

Year: 2016/17
Department: Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Staff
Supervisor: Mr Chris Tanner
Teaching Staff: Mr Simon Tucker, Mr Chris Tanner, Abi Concannon
Contact details: Senior Student Administrator, Tel: 01206 873745, email cpsgrad (Non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full email address)

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module provides an introduction to exploring how a psychoanalytic approach can illuminate the dynamics of groups and organisations.

The starting point, as with all psychoanalytic thought, is the unconscious- what it is, and how it influences the behaviour of groups. Following an examination of some of the classic contributions of Freud and Bion, the module progresses to develop a number of perspectives on how psychoanalytic ideas can inform an understanding of firstly, how the individual takes up a role in groups and organisations, and , secondly, how such roles are shaped by dynamic processes in groups and organisations

This includes the role of the group or organisation as a holding environment to meet, or frustrate our dependency needs; the interplay of systems thinking and psychoanalysis; the way we use group and organisational structure to defend against anxiety; the way we internalise images of the group/organisation; how authority and power is located in the group or organisation; the impact of narcissism and oedipal dynamics on leadership and followership; and finally a consideration of the dynamics of change in groups/organisations.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Coursework

Students learning will be assessed by a 3000 word essay, based on a list of topics to be supplied. Students may choose their own topic, but it must be approved in writing by the module co-ordinator

Bibliography

  • Freud S (1921) Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, The Standard Edition
  • of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (SE), vol. 18, chapters II, III and V
  • Bion W.R. (1989) 'Group Dynamics: A Review', in Klein, M. et al. New Directions in
  • Psychoanalysis. London. Tavistock
  • Armstrong, D. (2005) 'The 'organization-in-the-mind': reflections on the relation of
  • psychoanalysis to work with institutions'. In Organization in the Mind:
  • Psychoanalysis, Group Relations and Organizational Consultancy. London:
  • Karnac; pp. 29-43.
  • Additional Reading:
  • Armstrong, D. (2005) 'Emotions in Organisations' in "Organization in the Mind:
  • Psychoanalysis, Group Relations and Organizational Consultancy". London:
  • Karnac; pp. 90-110
  • Menzies, Isabel (1988) 'Reflections on my work: Interview with Ann Scott and Bob
  • Young'. In Containing Anxiety in Institutions. London: Free Associations; pp. 1-42.

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Prof Caroline Bainbridge
    Institution: Roehampton University
    Academic Role: Professor