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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to enable the student to critically evaluate the place of the unconscious in the development of psychological theory and to develop a critical appraisal of the fundamental characteristics associated with psychoanalytic approaches. Students will be introduced to the work of significant theorists in the field of psychoanalysis.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically examine the place of psychoanalytic theory and practice within the field of psychology
2. Critically evaluate the impact the discovery of the unconscious had on the development of a psychical topography
3. Critically analyse psychoanalytic frameworks of development and psychopathology
4. Examine the effect of language on the development of the unconscious
5. Compare and contrast the theoretical positions of Freud, Klein and Lacan
6. Consider and critically explore the development of a psychoanalytic theory of group psychology

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Delivery of synchronous and asynchronous lecture content
Directed learning40Directed readings and online material as a follow-up or in preparation for lecture content
Assignment Completion35Preparation, drafting and submission of essay.
Independent Study30No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Psychoanalysis

The Unconscious and Language

The Unconscious, Language Desire, the Oedipus Complex and Freud’s essays on sexuality

Groups, Organisations and Psychoanalysis- Bion

Defence Mechanisms

Psychodynamic psychotherapy

Discourse, Fundamental Concepts, Practice

Transference and the subject-other relationship - Lacan

Dreams and Jokes

Object Relations - Klein

Love Happiness and Relationships

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Freud: 2001, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmunnd Freud Volume 2 Studies on Hysteria, Vintage, London,
  • Freud: 2001, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Volume 7 A Case of Hysteria, Three Essays on Sexuality and Other Works., Vintage, London,
  • Freud: 2001, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Volume 22 New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis and Other Works, Vintage, London,
  • Ashbach, C., & Shermer, V.: 1994, Object relations the self and the group, Routledge, London,
  • DeBoard R: 1978, The Psychoanalysis of Organizations, Routledge Press, London,
  • Vanheule, S: 2011, The subject of psychosis - a Lacanian perspective., Palgrave Macmillan, London,
  • Verhaeghe, P: 2004, On Being Normal and Other Disorders, Other Press, New York,
Other Resources

40319, website, 0, www.lacanonline.com, 40320, website, 0, www.lacanianireland.com,
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