ASP224 - Freud and Philosophy

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

2023 will be the final offering of this unit, ASP299 replaces this unit from 2024

Trimester 3: Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 3: Leesa Davis
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: ASP324
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This course will introduce you to the core ideas of psychoanalysis, and consider how theory continue to cause and shape debates about the world we live in today.

Module 1 examines over seven weeks the key psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, two of the most influential thinkers of the last 100-years. You will learn about Freud's theories of slips, dreams, sexuality, and the unconscious; and Lacan's ideas of the imaginary, symbolic, and Real.

Module 2 then critiques and applies psychoanalytic theory to questions surrounding science, feminism, the rise of populism today, and contemporary popular culture and social media.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Understand, discuss and critically evaluate key philosophical and conceptual ideas in the work of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship


Apply a number of key ideas in the work of Freud and Lacan to a range of different practical cases, examples, and dilemmas, and understand how these can help understand the nature of subjectivity

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse, compare and defend philosophical arguments, backed by relevant evidence, and present philosophical argument in the context of philosophical dialogue

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Group) - Seminar/Online Exercises 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Ongoing
Assessment 2 - Essay 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ASP224 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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