JUNG'S CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

ENG3JCP

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to Jung's psychology, with particular emphasis on the applications of his thought to cultural and literary studies, and to social and spiritual problems. We consider the differences between Freud and Jung, explore Jung's theories of the structure and dynamics of the psyche, and examine Jung's contributions to the study of myth, archetype and symbolism. Jung's psychology is not merely a therapy of neurosis, but an approach to culture, society, and the whole of life. His psychology offers an attitude to reality, seen from the standpoint of the unconscious, not of ego-consciousness. Unlike many psychiatrists, Jung does not suggest that the individual must adjust to society, but rather the individual's primary obligation is to adjust to the unconscious, regardless of how that impacts on social adjustment. Jung seeks not to promote social norms but to challenge them and to offer a psychotherapy of culture.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Tacey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 Credit Points of first Year English or HUS1PWR

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENG2JCP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFifth BusinessPrescribedRobertson DaviesPENGUIN
ReadingsHow to read Jung,PrescribedTacey, DGRANTA 2006
ReadingsSelected Poetry from the Norton Anthropology of PoetryPrescribedN/APHOTOCOPIES
ReadingsSurfacing,PrescribedAtwood, M.VIRAGO
ReadingsThe Jung ReaderPrescribedDavid Tacey, ed.,LONDON: ROUTLEDGE, 2012
ReadingsMemories, dreams, reflections,PreliminaryJung, C.G.ANY EDITION

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Clarity and correctness of written expression, clarity in argument

Activities:
Write clear, well-organised and proof read essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Writing (Writing)

02. Critically read, explore and evaluate the cultural contribution of Jung's writings

Activities:
Lectures, seminar discussions, close reading of primary texts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Facility in critical and analytical reasoning, including the ability to assess the arguments of other psychological theories of culture

Activities:
Write two long essays demonstrating critical and analytical reasoning in specific cultural and literary contexts; engage rationally with diverse views in seminar discussions of the prescribed texts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)

04. Identify and elucidate the context in which the theory was produced and how it was received then, and how it is interpreted today.

Activities:
Close reading of primary and secondary texts, writing two long essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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