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If the book out of print - a used copy will be sent to UK students. Non-UK students may purchased used from Amazon. We reserve right to suspend this course if there is difficulty obtaining the textbook at a reasonable cost.



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in Psychoanalytic Social Studies
A distance learning course

   College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.

Understand what is happening in the world today from an analytic  point of view - a deeper perspective on today's news


Total recommended period of study: approx. 3 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: 225.00  (225 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see www.xe.com )

A FREE textbook (approx. 400 pages) will be sent to UK students. Non-UK students will normally purchase the book on-line from an internet bookstore.

UPDATE If the textbook is out of print - a used copy will be sent to UK students. Non-UK students may purchased used from Amazon. We reserve right to suspend this course if there is difficulty obtaining the textbook at a reasonable cost.

Method of study 

Textbook study. Written assignments based on textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.

Course overview

This fascinating course traces the foundations of culture from prehistoric times and also looks at how cultures change and how they go wrong.

Understanding the deeper psychological forces that have expressed themselves through society throughout the ages can help us to understand contemporary questions such as:

  • Why are there sometimes drastic changes in civilisations?

  • Why does modern art seem to have lost its soul?

  • Why is psychopathic violence so widespread especially in the youth of today?

  • Why are religious fanatics preaching destruction and the overthrow of Western civilisation?

  • What are the psychological causes of terrorism?

  • Why is the position of defeating and controlling the natural environment entrenched in industry, making ecological awareness an uphill struggle?

Many sociologists believe that individuals react to the demands of society.

According to one modern psychoanalytic view, it is the other way round: social activities and institutions reflect what is in our minds.

This course takes as its key text a work by contemporary psychoanalyst George Frankl who explores how unconscious structures, or myths, became externalised in society as religions, culture and philosophy, which in turn influenced law, politics, work and how we deal with property.

The result is a historical study of the development of civilisation and also of its dark side or disintegration which reflects disordered forces within the psyche.


Entry criteria and suitability 

This course is suitable for people with a keen understanding of social events and requires the ability to cope with university-level textbooks. The philosophy of the course is at times critical of major religions, from an academic point of view. We do not wish to offend anyone, so if criticism of religion is something that you do not wish to study, please consider carefully whether this is a suitable course for you. If you have any questions, please email us.



Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Psychoanalytic Social Studies awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.

This course is not in itself a qualification in counselling or psychotherapy. It is offered for educational and professional development purposes.


Further information

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