Derek Stanovsky | Interdisciplinary Studies | Appalachian State University
Seminar II: Freud
Fall 2005

IDS 3700-102, W/CD
TR 11:00-12:15
LLA 214

Sigmund Freud: Resources and Links

Freud Blog

Dr. Derek Stanovsky
Office: LLA 125  Office Phone: 262-2441
Office Hours: MW 11:15-2:00, T TH 10:00-11:00 and by appointment.
Home page:
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud, 1934.
Course Description:
Sex, death, dreams, jokes, war, madness, civilization -- Freudian theory has provided one of the most far reaching, powerful, provocative, influential, and illuminating accounts or our psyches, our culture, and ourselves. Freud's legacy extends far beyond the realm of clinical psychology with literature, film, anthropology, art, sociology, ethics, and virtually every other field of study having felt the influence of his ideas. This course provides an introduction to the breadth of psychoanalytic theory through Freud's own writings. Students will be asked to explore the transdiciplinary uses of Freudian theory and apply it to current events and their own areas of study.

Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams. New York: Avon, 1980.
    Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
    Civilization and Its Discontents. New York: W. W. Norton, 1989.

Course Requirements:
The most important requirements for this course are regular class attendance, preparation, and participation. You should do all the reading and come prepared to ask and answer questions each day. Keeping this in mind, the formal grading requirements are:

Class Participation 20%
Dream Journal, Paper, and Presentation 20%
Midterm Exam 20%
Transdisciplinary Paper 20%
Final Symposium and Group Project 20%
The class participation portion of your grade will be based on regular class attendance and participation as well as on periodic homeworks and in-class individual and small group assignments. It will also be based on your active participation in the online class blog.

Two absences are allowed during the semester. Each additional absence will lower your class participation grade by one letter grade. More than six absences and/or failure to complete any of the written assignments detailed below are grounds for failing the course.

You will be asked to keep a dream journal during the course and to write a Freudian interpretation of one of these dreams. More information on this assignment will be handed out later in the semester.

There will be an in-class midterm exam. Make-up exams are not normally given. Exceptions may be made for genuine medical emergencies or other similarly serious personal difficulties, although in such cases the format may be changed from an exam to a paper.

You will be asked to write a paper focusing on the transdisciplinary uses of psychoanalytic theory, applying Civilization and Its Discontents to a topic of your choice from within your own major or minor concentration and/or to the war in Iraq. More information on this assignment will be handed out later in the semester.

There will be a final symposium during the regularly scheduled final exam period in which groups will present an alternative media project based around one of the assignments from earlier in the semester. More information on this assignment will be handed out later in the semester.

With regard to papers and all other assignments for this course, you are expected to know and follow the current ASU code of academic integrity.

Course Schedule:
T 8/23 Introductions. Begin Dream Journal. You may share your dreams, if you choose, on our class blog.
TH 8/25 Read Freud's Encyclopedia Britannica article on Psychoanalysis [2, 3, 4] and the biographical introduction by Peter Gay in Civilization and Its Discontents, pp. ix-xxii.

T 8/30 The Interpretation of Dreams, "Preface to the First Edition," and Chapter I, "The Scientific Literature," pp. xxiii-xxiv, 35-127.
TH 9/1  Chapter II, "A Specimen Dream," pp. 128-154.

T 8/6  Chapters III & IV, "Wish Fulfillment" and "Distortion," pp. 155-195.

T 9/13 Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound. Meet in Greenbriar Theater in the Student Union at 11:00.
TH 9/15 Group presentations from Chapter V, "Typical Dreams," pp. 196-310.

T 9/20 Chapter VI, "The Dream-Work," pp. 311-319, 340-344, 374-85 and 526-46.
TH 9/22 Discussion of Dream Journals.

T 9/27 Chapter VII, "The Dream-Processes," A-C, pp. 547-611.
TH 9/29 Chapter VII, "The Dream-Processes," D-F, pp. 612-660.

T 10/4 Dream journals, papers, and presentations due.
TH 10/6 Dream presentations continued.

TH 10/13  Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, "The Sexual Aberrations," pp. 1-38.

T 10/18 "Infantile Sexuality," pp. 39-72.
TH 10/20 Juzo Itami's Tampopo.

T 10/25 "The Transformations of Puberty," pp. 73-109.
TH 10/27 "Some Psychical Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction Between the Sexes" (1925). On Library Reserve.

T 11/1 Discussion / Review.
TH 11/3 Midterm Exam.

T 11/8 Civilization and Its Discontents, Chapters I & II, pp. 10-36.
TH 11/10 Chapters III-V, pp. 37-74.

T 11/15 Chapters VI-VIII, pp. 75-112.
TH 11/17 "Why War?" (1932).

T 11/22 TBA

T 11/29 Transdisciplinary papers due. / Group Work.
TH 12/1 Group Work.

T 12/6 Group Work.

Final Symposium during our regularly scheduled final exam period: Friday, December 9, 2005, 3:00-5:30 PM.