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.
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.Class Participation 25%
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 keep a Dream Journal during the semester, either posted to our online blog or privately. The class will be divided into groups, and each group will create a project representing one of Freud's own dreams and one of your own dreams along with their Freudian interpretations using video, skits, photos, drawings, or some other medium. These group projects may be presented during the LLR research day.
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.
There will be a final symposium during the regularly scheduled final exam period in which groups will present their final projects. More information on this assignment will be handed out at a later date.
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.
Tentative Course Schedule:
T 1/16 Brown, "The Disease Called Man," and "Neurosis and History,"
T 1/23 Chapter II, "A Specimen Dream," pp. 128-154.
T 1/30 Hitchcock’s Spellbound
shown in class. Brown, "Sexuality and Childhood" and "The Self and the
Other: Narcissus," pp. 23-54.
T 2/6 Group presentations from Chapter V, "Typical Dreams," pp. 196-310.
T 2/13 Chapter VII, "The Dream-Processes," A-C, pp. 547-611.
T 2/20 Group work.
T 2/27 Dream Projects Due.
T 3/6 "Infantile Sexuality," pp. 39-72. Brown, "Instintual Dualism and
Instinctual Dialectics," pp. 77-86.
T 3/20"The Transformations of Puberty," pp. 73-109. Brown, "Death, Time,
and Eternity," pp. 87-109.
T 3/27 Discussion / Review.
T 4/3 Civilization and Its Discontents, Chapters I & II,
pp. 10-36. Brown, "The Ambiguities of Sublimation," pp. 137-144.
T 4/17 Brown, "The Excremental Vision" and "The Protestant Era" pp.
T 4/24 Group Work.
Presentation of Dream Projects and/or Final Group Projects at Research Day.
Final Symposium during our regularly scheduled final exam period: Tuesday, May 1, 3:00-5:30 p.m.