A non-refundable programme fee, in addition to the tuition fee, is applicable. The programme fee, which includes the social programme, is to be paid within one week after registration at the latest, along with the tuition fee.
We welcome students from all disciplines who are interested in gaining insights into psychology as a discipline, particularly psychoanalysis, and its impact on modern forms of therapy.
Please also visit the FUBiS *free* digital lecture series, which offers a broad overview of the programme's academic course offerings: http://www.fubis.org/2_prog/online/index.html
About this course
Psychoanalysis is a scientific approach to the human psyche and a method in psychotherapy that was developed in the late 19th century in the culturally diverse city of Vienna by Sigmund Freud, an Austrian-Jewish medical scientist and practitioner. It builds on Freud's basic discovery that there is an unconscious dimension to human subjectivity that often counteracts the individual's discretionary and rational self-control.
The seminar approaches psychoanalytic concepts via the analysis and interpretation of works of art, with a particular focus on visual artworks (film, painting, sculpture). Hence, concepts that may seem abstract in theory become clear, concrete, and intuitively graspable once they are pinpointed in contemporary films or literary texts.
As we progress, we will also highlight the current limitations of the psychoanalytic approach by looking at various critiques of psychoanalysis: is it a non-falsifiable (as suggested by K. Popper) and self-confirming world view? Do psychoanalysts over-emphasise sexuality at the expense of other factors that drive subjectivity? We will also look at some arguments that Freud or his followers actually got wrong.
By attending the seminar, participants will receive a state-of-the-art introduction to classical Freudian and contemporary psychoanalysis, exploring these perspectives through the lens of the arts.
They will be able to detect, analyse, and interpret unconscious structures in visual arts and literature and will be able to transfer the psychoanalytic approach to their respective field of study or work. Exploring the unconscious dimension of human reality is indeed crucial for understanding any human experience. Participants will acquire insights and tools for true innovation in their profession.