An Introduction to the Development of Psychoanalysis

Ref: C2419184

Psychoanalysis arose out of the cultural, social and political environment of the second part of the 19th century. We will begin by examining some of these factors that contributed to this and the development of this mew approach to treating mental ill health in the first part of the 20th Century. We will then look at the contributions of three pioneers in these field: Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung and Melanie Klein.

Course aim

This course will examine the development of psychotherapy thought the first half of the twentieth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in the subject. You do not need prior knowledge of the subject.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand some of the social, cultural, scientific and political factors that contributed ot the development of psychotherapy.
  • Have some understanding of the main ideas and terms employed in Freudian psychoanalysis and of the unique contribution played by Freud in its development.
  • Understand some of the main concepts and theories of C.G. Jung and how they differ from Freud.
  • Have some understanding of the work and theories of Melanie Klien and her place in the 'British School'.
  • Have some basic understanding of how theories in psychotherapy have developed during the 20th Century.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a pen and paper for making notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • It is hoped that the course will help stimulate further study in this field, either personally or in a further WEA course

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An Introduction to the Development of Psychoanalysis Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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