Psychoanalysis and Class (956Q3A)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module explores the emerging conjuncture between psychoanalysis and class. Psychoanalysis is a key interpretative framework in contemporary Western cultures, but there’s a widely-held view that it has little to say about lives that fail to ‘fit’ its frames (class has been described as its ‘last taboo’). However, there is increasing interest within psychoanalysis in the question of class exclusion, and the consequent ‘gaps’ in psychoanalytic theory and practice. Using methods of extra-mural psychoanalysis, this module puts key psychoanalytic texts alongside a small number of literary and visual texts to explore, and elaborate, this dialogue.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.