Ist Experiential Immersion

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSHS3038012

Semester and Year Offered: 1st Semester

Course Coordinator and Team: Honey Oberoi Vahali, Neetu Sarin and Anshumita Pandey

Email of course coordinator: honey[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: Working knowledge and interest in understanding the Human Psyche

Aim: To provide the trainees with a first-hand feel of experiential processes and to enhance their psychoanalytical sensibility.

Course Outcomes:

  1. Enhancement of the trainee’s capacity to immerse herself in and reflect on experiential phenomena
  2. Honing in the sensibility to attend to nuances of feelings, including a heightened reception of bodily-somatic states as well as cultural narratives
  3. Learning to attend to unconscious flows, refining the capacity to listen and sense crucial human themes in communication

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

During the first year, generally in the first semester of the MPhil programme students will participate in an Experiential Immersion-1. The immersion will be an intensive experience, facilitated by a practitioner and thinker, spread over a few days (4 or 5) and equivalent to the duration of a two credit course. The purpose of the immersion will be to provide the candidates with a first-hand feel of psychoanalytic processes and to enhance their experiential sensibility. The reflective immersion may take place in a field site of mental healing, or any other cultural location, and/or at the university as a few days long intensive engagement into experiential phenomena, psychological narratives of pain, suffering, sexuality, literary stories, cinematic representations and their interpretations. Students may create a theatre performance or write scripts, submit notes and reflective accounts at the end of the immersion on themes carrying psychological and self-reflexive import. The reflective-experiential immersion may take the form of working with somatic states or a meditation on writing and processing of artistic, creative work. The themes of the immersion can vary from batch to batch depending on the needs of the cohort, significant emphases of the programme and the availability of facilitators. The introspective and analytic thrust of the immersion would enable one to feel, receive and work with experience. A focus on listening and sensing human themes would guide this process.

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Students will be given reflective exercises to perform and observation based assignments and field notes to write.
  • The specific nature of assessments may vary in accordance to the central focus and themes around which the experiential immersion would revolve for any given group of trainees

Reading List:

  • 1. Bion, W (1984) Learning from Experience. London: Karnac Books
  • 2. Kakar, S. (1982) Shamans, Mystics and Doctors. New Delhi: Viking
  • 3. Kakar, Sudhir (1997). Culture and psyche: Selected essays. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Schon, D, A (1985) The Reflective Practitioner. New York: Taylor and Francis.