Issues of power and powerlessness are readily apparent in everyday interactions as they are encoded in who is dominant and submissive in interpersonal relationships, who controls whom, how groups function, and in the understanding and control of sexual behaviors and preferences. Gender and sexuality are two sectors of human experience in which the effects of power can be particularly deleterious. This course will trace the development of some psychoanalytic ideas about power, powerlessness, sexuality and gender experience, with attention to revisions and innovations.
Note: Enrollment limited to 14 students.