Psychoanalysis - PSYC6390

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module provides students with a critical introduction to Freudian and post-Freudian psychoanalytic psychology. It will include a critical evaluation of theory, method, and data in relation to fundamental concepts in psychoanalytic psychology – e.g. the unconscious, infantile sexuality. It will also provide a critical introduction to the application of these concepts to specific clinical conditions (e.g. neurosis, depression, autism, schizophrenia); to adult and child psychotherapy; and more generally to society (including social and cultural issues such as politics and art).


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150


Optional to Stage 3 Psychology undergraduates.

This module is available as an elective to non-psychology students, and short-term credit students, at the discretion of the school and/or module convenor.

This module is subject to a quota.

Method of assessment

For sessions in which the module is delivered in the Autumn Term :-
Essay 1,500 Words 20%
Extended Essay: 3,000 Word 80%

For sessions in which the module is delivered in the Spring Term :-
Essay 1,500 Words 20%
Examination 3 hours 80%

Reassessment methods: Like for Like.

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

S. Freud (1915-1917) Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis. London: Penguin. 1991

P. Gay (ed.) The Freud Reader. New York: Norton, 1995

J. Milton et al. (2011) A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis. Sage

Freud Museum (n.d.) What is Psychoanalysis?

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the practical role played by psychoanalytic psychology in society

8.2 Demonstrate knowledge of psychoanalytic psychology as a discipline and research methods used within psychoanalytic psychology

8.3 Demonstrate awareness of the fundamental application of psychology, as a science, to understanding key issues in psychoanalytic psychology

8.4 Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and sub-topics within psychoanalytic psychology and how they relate to each other (i.e. ability to synthesise core concepts within psychoanalytic psychology)

8.5 Demonstrate a basic ability to evaluate core theories and research in psychoanalytic psychology

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used in psychology

9.2 Demonstrate development of independent learning and research skills required to support academic learning and development

9.3 Demonstrate development of self-regulation skills in the form of study planning and overall time management

9.4 Communicate information and opinions clearly, critically and effectively.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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