This course introduces students to psychoanalytic concepts and theories concerning self and other, as they relate to racial and cultural identities that develop through psychic and social interaction at both the individual and group levels. We look at race as a dialectical category, socially constructed as a symbol, while also being a material reality. We consider dynamics of privilege, power, and oppression through psychoanalytic and socio-political lenses. Students are asked to raise critical questions about themselves and others as they become more familiar with psychodynamic and systemic underpinnings of racial and cultural phenomena. The focus is clinical with the objective that students bring greater racial and cultural awareness to their own identities and interactions.
Note: Enrollment limited to fifteen students.