COMP 336 Spring 2015 Freud and Psychoanalysis (W)

Cross Listed as PSCI336
By any measure, Sigmund Freud was one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century. Although he was not explicitly preoccupied with articulating political principles and only rarely addressed questions of governance or policy, his assumptions, theories, and therapeutic techniques have fundamental implications for the basic questions of political theory--questions about, for instance, the sources of conflict and group cohesion, what ways of living are desirable and attainable, and the place of reason, desire, emotion, affect, and motive in the interpretation and explanation of human interaction. This tutorial offers an in-depth exploration of Freud's key writings and concepts, from his early work on sexuality and dreams through his final writings. While we will read some of the texts that most directly address conventional political topics, Freud generally has more to say to students of politics when he is formulating his fundamental views of the psyche (of the nature and role of the unconscious, of drives, etc.), and the syllabus will reflect that view. Over the course of the semester, we will consider some scholarly commentaries on specific texts as well as critical assessments of the psychoanalytic project; as time allows, we may also engage such key later psychoanalytical thinkers as Klein, Winnicott, Lacan, and Kristeva. The preponderance of the tutorial, however, will be given over to the students' own careful reading, interpretation, and evaluation of Freud's most important writings.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: grades are based on five or six 5- to 7-page papers, five or six 1.5 page responses, and class participation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Additional Info2: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under PSCI
Prerequisites: at least one course in political theory, literary theory, or philosophy or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: PSCI majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PSCI Political Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3676
COMP 336 - T1 (S) TUT Freud and Psychoanalysis (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Mark T. Reinhardt
TBA 3676
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