Freud II: Infantile Sexuality and Freud's Case Histories
David Goldenberg, M.D.
Donald Moss, M.D.
January 29, 2018 - April 30, 2018
8:30 - 10:00 PM
In his Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905) Freud initiated a revolution felt down to the present day. Working from within the framework of the biological instinct theory of his time, he derived a developmental perspective on human sexuality that could account for the sexual manifestations during childhood, adolescence, and every known adult variation. While ultimately richer and much more complex, he penned his major case histories – Dora (1905), the Rat Man (1909), Little Hans (1909), and the Wolf-Man (1914/18) – to illustrate his insights into sexuality. In this course we will study the Three Essays and the four case histories, observing how they relate to one another, how they reflect the expanding orb of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, and how they provide glimpses of the beginnings of psychoanalytic technique.
No class held 2/19.
Syllabus 2017 - 2018
Not yet posted.
After attending this course, students will be able to:
1) Describe the history and development of psychoanalytic theory and practice by Freud, including specifically hysteria, obsessional neurosis, and phobias.
2) Describe the psychopathology of obsessional neurosis, hysteria, and phobias through a study of Freud’s case histories.
3) Describe the theory of childhood sexual development through the study of Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality.
Each student's participation in class discussion and his or her demonstration of understanding of the course objectives and reading material is assessed in a written evaluation by the instructor(s).