PA209-6-SP: THE UNCONSCIOUS: ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY - JUNG
Department: Psychoanalytic Studies
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
|Module is taught during the following terms
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the distinctive character of psychological thinking when the concept of a deep unconscious is introduced; that is, an unconscious whose origins, content and processes are not just outside our awareness, but are far removed from those of conscious life. Sigmund Freud called this form of psychology depth psychology, and it includes the traditions that grew from his work and from that of Carl Jung
The theories of psychoanalysis and of analytical psychology are fascinating and significant in their own right, both in their importance in clinical practice and as conceptual systems. They also introduce a profound, new dimension to the understanding of society, culture and politics. Indeed, Jung and Freud (whose work is explored in a separate module PA208 FREUD) wrote extensively in these areas, as well as on clinical practice.
This module will provide an introduction specifically to Jung s theories, and will also explore their significance in social and cultural analysis. The theories of analytical psychology provide both models of social and cultural phenomena and methods for studying them, based on understanding the unconscious, and particularly the collective unconscious, nuclear complexes (archetypes), and comparative mythology.
Learning & Teaching Methods
Weekly one-hour lectures by staff, followed by one-hour seminars led by Graduate Teaching Assistants, both from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies.
100 per cent Coursework Mark
Two 2,500 word essays
Exam Duration and Period
The course can be taken either on its own or as a sequel to the complementary course, The Unconscious: Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society (PA208 FREUD).
Available to 2nd and 3rd years
Sociology students may take this course if they have previously taken SC213 Social Psychology (Sociology)
- (1) Essential readings from Jung are all included in:
Storr, A. (ed.) (1998) The Essential Jung. London: Fontana.
(2) Recommended further readings on analytical psychology are all from:
Papadopoulos, R. (ed.) (2006) The Handbook of Jungian Psychology: Theory, Practice and Applications. Hove and New York: Brunner-Routledge.
Young-Eisendrath, P. and Dawson, T. (eds) (1997) The Cambridge Companion to Jung. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(3) For reference:
Samuels, A. (1985) Jung and the Post-Jungians. London and New York: Routledge.
Samuels, A., Shorter, B., and Plaut, F. (1986) A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis. London and New York: Routledge.