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Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society MA

Course Description

About the Course

How are our behaviours influenced by unconscious motives?
Which conflicts lie at the heart of contemporary individual and social problems?
What explains our cultural and ideological obsession with power and violence?

This MA is designed to provide you with a training in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory. It maintains a constant attention to the relation between theory and practice and provides a clinical grounding through its emphasis on the clinical writings of Freud, Klein and Lacan.

The MA also offers the opportunity to develop a psychoanalytic approach to contemporary socio-cultural issues, in particular questions of political ideology, social conflict and violence. It engages with the relation between the psychoanalytic and social fields by exploring how to conceive of a psychoanalytic social theory. It questions how we can provide a specifically psychoanalytic account of social relations and it engages with issues raised by post-structuralist and feminist accounts of sexuality.

This degree is relevant to a wide range of graduates in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Art, as well as those with professional interests in psychotherapy and analysis who wish to develop and apply their skills to the issues and areas on which this degree focuses.

Previous and current students have included art and film students, teachers and art historians as well as psychologists and analysts - and recently included a performance artist. Many overseas students have also undertaken this degree not only from most European countries but also from Latin America and farther afield.

Special Features

We have an international research reputation, with particular expertise in areas such as neuropsychology, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology and social psychology.

The Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging jointly owns a 3-Tesla fMRI scanner dedicated to research, as part of the ‘CU BIC ’ collaboration with Royal Holloway, Roehampton and Surrey Universities.

Academics have published high-impact journal articles and books on a broad range of subjects and have received research funding from a variety of bodies, including the EU, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Home Office, the Department of Health, The Wellcome Trust, The Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Professor Dany Nobus (degree convenor) specialises in the study of development and disorders of sexuality; history of psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis; psychology of transgression and eccentricity. Current research projects involve an exploration of the impact of individual choice on the development of sexual identity, and an investigation into the effect of changing representation of fatherhood in western society on parenting practices and socialisation strategies.

Dr Antonios Vadolas' research explores the relationship between fascism, power and the category of perversion. His current research interests include the death drive in politics and art; the link between language and the body; psychopathology and psychoanalysis.

Visit the Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society MA page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK first or 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts discipline. Applicants from a non-related discipline will be considered on an individual basis.Applicants with other degrees in a related discipline with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis..

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £67000 full-time; £3,500 part-time . International students: £14,750 full-time; £7,375 part-time

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