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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Introductory Course

psychoanalytic studies

PL 429

The Introductory Course is designed to acquaint students with the scope and evolution of Freud's thinking and with significant developments in psychoanalysis since his time. Students will study and assess:

  • Freud's and Breuer's first formulation of the nature and etiology of hysteria—Studies on Hysteria
  • Freud's groundbreaking work in dream interpretation and the nature of unconscious processes—The Interpretation of Dreams and Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
  • Freud's attempt to apply his novel theory of unconscious mechanisms to cultural anthropology as well as individual psychology—Totem and Taboo
  • The implications of the ongoing revisions in Freud's classification of the instincts—The Ego and the Id, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Civilization and Its Discontents


Anna and Sigmund Freud
Anna and Sigmund Freud arriving in Paris in 1938 after escaping from Nazi-occupied Austria