Teaching Jung in the academy

The representation of comic book heroes on the big screen

Authored by: Kevin Lu

The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138666962
eBook ISBN: 9781315619163
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The debate as to whether it is possible to teach C. G. Jung’s analytical psychology in the academy and the challenges of attempting to do so are not new (c.f. Tacey, 1997a, 1997b; Brook, 1997; Papadopoulos, 1997; Belford, 1997). It is a question that continues to be discussed and it is one that is particularly relevant for the Department of Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies at the University of Essex, UK, in light of the launch of its new BA Psychoanalytic Studies in 2016. The challenges of teaching depth psychological ideas (both psychoanalytic and those from analytical psychology) to undergraduates are legion as the students come with little knowledge of either Freud or Jung. How do we motivate students and convey both the importance and relevance of depth psychological ideas in a way that is simultaneously approachable and critical?

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