Undergraduate course

Introduction to Psychoanalysis

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePSANA101
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


PSANA101 is not offered the autumn semester 2019

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

More than a century has elapsed since Freud first developed psychoanalysis as a method. During the course of this period the discipline has played an integral part in how modern human beings perceive themselves and their place in society. This course aims to introduce students to central themes and ideas in psychoanalysis, with the emphasis on the concept of the unconscious. Furthermore, Freud will be placed scientifically and culturally, in the context of his own time (early 20th century) and our time (early 21st century). Discussions of concepts such as the unconscious, repression and transference will provide a psychoanalytic perspective on two subjects of particular relevance: sexuality and culture. Certain features of clinical psychoanalysis will also be introduced.

Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed this course are expected to have acquired knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of psychoanalysis (like the unconscious, the drives, repression, transference) well enough to be able to use them in their other fields of study, for instance literature studies, aesthetic studies, cultural studies or social studies.

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirements

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Students should have completed at least a year of academic studies, and have a good grasp of the English language.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The group instruction seminars are mandatory for the students, and they have to be present at not less than seven out of ten meetings. Supervision of the term paper is also mandatory. Prior to submitting their term paper for evaluation, the students are required to have passed the general knowledge test of this course.

Forms of Assessment

The basis for evaluation consists of a term paper (of 3000 - 4000 words) that the students write during the semester, and a general knowledge test that is to be held by the end of the semester. Papers and tests can be written in Norwegian or in English. Students are required to have passed the general knowledge test prior to submitting their term paper for evaluation.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

Grade scale A¿F.

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

Course evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for comparative literature

Course Coordinator

The Programme Committee for comparative literature

Course Administrator

Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.


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