Reading Freud

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreNA4

Semester and Year Offered: Winter Semester

Course Coordinator and Team: Prof Rachana Johri

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

Pre-requisites: MA Semester 1 Courses

Aim: This course aims at familiarizing students with the writing of the first clinical thinker in the field of Psychology. Selected writings of Freud are read in the original. Through these readings, students will learn to understand the presence of unconscious processes in everyday life. The course will familiarize students with Freud’s clinical models, psychotherapeutic process and technique, developmental processes and the relationship of the individual to society.

Course Outcome:

The student should be able to:

  1. describe human development from a psychoanalytic perspective.
  2. demonstrate the ability to discern unconscious processes in everyday life.
  3. articulate the preliminaries of psychotherapy and the significance of language in human interaction.
  4. critically read an original thinker from the perspective of method of observation and theorization.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  1. Introduction to Freud. This module will discuss the contemporary relevance of Freud both as a clinical thinker and as a philosopher of society.
  2. Freud before Psychoanalysis.

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Term Paper 40 %
  • Group Presentation 40%
  • Class Participation 20%

Reading List:

  1. Philips. Adam (2006) Introduction. Philips, Adam (Ed. ) The Penguin Freud Reader. London: Penguin.
  2. Freud, S. Studies in Hysteria.
  3. Freud, S. (1900) Interpretation of Dreams. Selected chapters.
  4. Freud, S. () Lapses
  5. Freud S. (1912) The dynamics of transference
  6. Freud, S. Remembering, repeating and working through. In Adam Philips (Ed.) The Penguin Freud Reader.
  7. Freud, S. Mourning and melancholia
  8. Outline o f psychoananlysis