Module Catalogue 2022/23

PHI3020 : Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: School X
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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This module introduces students to the way in which psychoanalysis as a theory and praxis of the unconscious has profoundly influenced modern and contemporary philosophy as well as the human and social sciences at large. It will explore psychoanalytic approaches to notions such as desire, power, knowledge, truth, love, and identification with a particular focus on their application to socio-political, epistemological, and ontological debates.

Outline Of Syllabus

Material covered may include, but is not limited to:
-       Freudian psychoanalysis
-       Lacanian psychoanalysis
-       Philosophical and psychoanalytic accounts of desire
-       Philosophical and psychoanalytic accounts of knowledge
-       Philosophical and psychoanalytic accounts of power
-       Freudo-Marxism
-       Foucault and psychoanalysis
-       Deleuze & Guattari and psychoanalysis
-       Badiou and psychoanalysis
-       Psychoanalysis and Feminism

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will acquire an in depth range of specific knowledge enabling them to understand and critically engage with the material in question. In addition, they will develop the ability to apply ideas/concepts to relevant contemporary issues.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will:
-       Be able to use the terminology of psychoanalysis as applied to philosophical, political, and epistemological issues
-       Be able to compare and contrast different psychoanalytic orientations and the way in which they influence key debates in 20th and 21st century philosophy, political theory, and epistemology
-       Engage critically and sensitively with key texts

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Essay preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities101:0010:00Specific research or reading activities developed and directed by academic staff
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will provide essential subject-specific knowledge on a range of seminal thinkers and ideas. Seminars permit discussion of the relative merits of these thinkers and ideas and guide independent analysis, interpretation, and critique.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1002000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be assessed by a 2000-word essay and will be able to choose from a range of essay questions. The essay tests the ability to think analytically, creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits. This assessment method also gauges the students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately, to discover examples in support of or to challenge a position, and to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant considerations.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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