ASP224 - Freud and Philosophy

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Matthew Sharpe





Incompatible with: ASP324
Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Geelong: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour Class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online Seminar per week


This course will introduce you to the core ideas of psychoanalysis, and consider how theory continue to cause and shape debates about the world we live in today.

Module 1 examines over seven weeks the key psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, two of the most influential thinkers of the last 100 years. You will learn about Freud's theories of slips, dreams, sexuality, and the unconscious; and Lacan's ideas of the imaginary, symboilc, and Real.

Module 2 then critiques and applies psychoanalytic theory to questions surrounding science, feminism, the rise of populism today, and contemporary popular culture and social media.


Assessment 1 (Group) - Seminar/Online Exercises (1200 words) - 30%

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay (1200 words) - 30%

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay (1600 words) - 40%

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