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Psychoanalysis and Social Theory (SOTH30004)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeSOTH30004
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
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Psychoanalysis has informed and influenced contemporary social theory in manifold ways. Psychoanalysis has been central to theorising the decentred subject, it has radically affected conceptualisations of ideology, thrown reason under radical suspicion and has contributed to a better understanding of identities. including identities of nation, race, gender and ethnicity. This subject investigates these issues in the context of a consideration of texts by Freud, Klein, Lacan, Kristeva, Adorno, Fromm, Habermas, Zizek, Mitchell, Giddens and Althusser. Students who complete this subject should gain a sound knowledge of some major traditions in psychoanalytic theory, particularly Freudian, Kleinian and Lacanian, and should come to possess an awareness of why social theory has been drawn to psychoanalysis in order to analyse subjectivities, group processes, intergroup relations, ideological formations, and forms of reason.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Possess knowledge of some major traditions in psychoanalytic theory, particularly Freudian, Kleinian and Lacanian;
  • Possess knowledge of some major traditions of social theory and their appropriations of psychoanalysis;
  • Possess an understanding of the place of psychoanalysis within certain forms of feminist theory;
  • Possess an awareness of why social theory has been drawn to psychoanalysis for the purpose of both theorising and analysing subjectivity, group processes, intergroup relations, ideological formations, and forms of reason;
  • Possess an understanding of the ways in which social theory has turned to psychoanalysis in order to develop methods of analysis which may be used in the study of empirical cases, be these individual or social;
  • Possess an awareness of the centrality of psychoanalysis to the contemporary.

Last updated: 11 October 2019