Exploring the Psychologies of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and others

Ref: C3530109

Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and those that followed them have, in their very different ways, changed the way we think about ourselves, morality, life and love. Expect controversy, debate, outrage and humour. We will explore together - • Sigmund Freud’s theory of the unconscious mind and the role Ego’s Defence Mechanisms. • Freud’s ideas on childhood, dreams, sexuality and what makes boys different to girls. • Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious and the role of archetypes. • Jung on becoming whole, meaningful coincidence, religion and flying saucers. • Alfred Adler on the will to power and the inferiority complex • Eric Erickson’s life stages & the role of society. • Wilhelm Reich’s orgone accumulators and the function of the orgasm. • Karen Horney on Feminism, Erich Fromm & the fear of Freedom, Viktor Frankl on Man’s Search for meaning.

Course aim

To understand how Psychoanalytic ideas have shaped our thinking about human nature & how this has in turn shaped human nature itself. To explore the ideas of Freud, Jung and some other post-Freudians and to think critically about them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No previous knowledge required, just bring an open mind.

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

  • outline some of the key ideas of Freud, Jung and other Post-Freudians.
  • think critically about some of these ideas.
  • feel confident enough to take part in discussions about these ideas.
  • realise how some of these ideas have influenced the way in which I think about myself and others.
  • become more aware of the way in which ideas about human nature impact upon and reflect the nature of our society.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Exploring the Psychologies of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and others


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