Development of Psychoanalysis

Ref: C2419564

we will look in some more detail at the work of C.G.Jung and some of the other figures who surrounded Sigmund Freud in the early part of the twentieth century. We will then study the work of some key British figures including John Bowlby and Donald l Winnicott,, who both trained and worked with Melanie Klein whilst examining the increasing importance of childhood development and object relations theories. We will consider how these writers and theories have contributed to the practice of psychoanalysis today in contrast to its early Freudian foundations.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To understand and become familiar with the development of Psychoanalysis through the twentieth century following its early Freudian foundations.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Have some understanding of the work and contribution of John Bowlby and attachment theory.
  • Be familiar with some of the ideas and theories of Donald Winnicott.
  • Be familiar with the significance of childhood development theory in the development and practice of psychoanalysis.
  • Have some understanding of key concepts in object relations theory and the modern practise of psychotherapy.
  • Have some understanding of the changes and developments in psychoanalysis through the twentieth 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 like to do some reading/study in your own time, though this is not compulsory, to enhance your understanding of the subjects covered.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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

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Development of Psychoanalysis


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