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Fall 2015-2016
HUM 365 / PSY 365 (EC)   No Pass/D/Fail

Freud on the Psychological Foundations of the Mind

Susan L. Sugarman

Freud is approached as a systematic thinker dedicated to discovering the basic principles of human mental life. For Freud these basic principles concern what impels human thought and behavior. What moves us to think and act? What is it to think and act? Emphasis is placed on the close study and critical analysis of texts, with particular attention to the underlying structure of the arguments.

Sample reading list:
Freud, Totem and Taboo
Freud, Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis
Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
Freud, Outline of Psychoanalysis
Freud, Ego and the Id
Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Expect preparation for the course to take 4 - 6 hours a week. Although much of the reading is not technically difficult, it is unusual and thought-provoking. Along with the more technically difficult material, it will require close study and reflection. Written work will include two analytical papers 5 - 6 pages each, frequent one-page essays on the reading, and a midterm and final take-home exercise involving summaries and critiques of major concepts in the course.

Take Home Mid term Exam - 15%
Take Home Final Exam - 15%
Papers - 60%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
If this class is closed and you wish to be put on a waiting list, please contact Professor Sugarman (


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21308 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Jadwin Hall   303   Enrolled:21 Limit:40