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BA Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English

About this program

BA Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

How do we become who we are? Is emotion as strong a driver as reason? What explains our stranger compulsions and desires? Does all behaviour have meaning - even when it appears to be irrational?

Psychoanalysis is an interdisciplinary field of studies and clinical practices, gathering over 100 years of theorization and clinical experience in framing its ideas and concepts about the mind, emotions, social relations, motivation, psychopathology and psychotherapy.

Understanding human experience means looking not only at how we act and relate, but crucially also requires looking inside at what is going on below the surface. In this course you look at the psychological factors that influence our emotions, behaviours and relationships and shape our everyday lives. To understand these factors you will learn psychodynamic concepts, applying them to individuals, relationships and organisations and of course, you will study the pioneering works of Freud, Jung and Lacan.

Here are some of the questions we might cover. Why do we fall in love with certain kinds of people but struggle to relate to others? Why do we get stuck, or lose direction in life? What explains our stranger compulsions and desires? Why are some people prone to psychological illness while others seem to thrive in adversity?

Topics include:

  • Psychoanalytic and psychosocial approaches
  • Child, adolescent and adult development
  • Trauma and recovery: A psychodynamic approach
  • Understanding individuals, groups and organisations
  • Popular Film, Literature and Television: A Psychoanalytic Approach (Freud and Jung)
  • Freud: Mind, Culture and Society
  • Where the Wild Things Are: Literature, Childhood, Psychoanalysis
  • Current debates in depth psychology
  • Psychoanalysis and the child.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBC

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 29 points or three Higher Level certificates with 554.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Understanding Individuals Groups and Organisations : An Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts
  • Child, Adolescent and Adult Development
  • Freud: Mind, Culture and Society
  • The Unconscious: Analytical Psychology, Culture and Society - Jung
  • Popular Film, Literature and Television: A Psychoanalytic Approach (Freud and Jung)
  • Assignment and Research Writing for Psychoanalytic Studies
  • The Psychosocial Imagination

Year 2

  • Psychoanalytic Theory: Freud and Object Relations
  • Advanced Jungian and Post-Jungian Approaches
  • Psychoanalysis and the Child
  • Lacanian psychoanalysis
  • Preparing for my Future
  • Trauma and Recovery: A Psychodynamic Approach
  • Wild Things: Literature, Childhood, Psychoanalysis
  • Navigating the Digital World.

Final Year

  • Dissertation
  • Current Debates in Psychosocial Studies
  • Therapeutic Practice
  • Reflective Practice
  • Organisational Dynamics - Theory
  • Dream, Myth, and Magic (optional)

Program delivery

BA Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies: 3 years

BA Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

BA Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Teaching takes place in relatively small seminars and fora, with a focus on group discussion
  • Discussion in seminars includes both discussing other peoples’ work and discussing your own experiences in the workplace
  • You also undertake supervised clinical practice, participate in skills based workshops, and teach others through presentation of theoretical readings and clinical cases.

Tuition

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career paths

Key areas of employment for people with these skills include marketing, advertising, human resources, management, the media, care work, teaching or health care. Our future graduates may go to work in a wide range of careers, including:

  • Therapeutic services
  • NHS Mental Health work
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Education
  • Social Care
  • Therapeutic Consultancy
  • Management Consultancy
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Academia

About this institute

University of Essex

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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