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
recommended period of study: approx.
3 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£225.00 (225 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
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
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
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?
modern art seem to have lost its soul?
psychopathic violence so widespread especially in the youth of today?
religious fanatics preaching destruction and the overthrow of Western
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?
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
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.
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
This course is not
in itself a qualification in counselling or
psychotherapy. It is offered for educational and
professional development purposes.
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
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now, go to our Application page