MDCS40440 Human Sexuality and Sexuation

MDCS40440 Human Sexuality and Sexuation

MDCS40440 Human Sexuality and Sexuation 150 150 Peter

MDCS40440 Human Sexuality and Sexuation

Academic Year 2021/2022

Sexuality has been a fundamental question for psychoanalysis since the publication of Sigmund Freud’s radical ‘Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality’ in 1905. Not determined exclusively of our ‘natural’ gendered state, how men or women take up a ‘sexed’ position is at the core of our question of what it is to be human. This question has fundamental implications for our response to matters where sexuality is central: abuse, suicide among young men, the addictions, masculinity, femininity, transgenderism and gender fluidity. This module works with the key Freudian texts on sexuality including the debate within the psychoanalytic movement in the 1920s and 1930s. Jacques Lacan’s concepts of object , of drive and of desire will be explored further following their introduction in the modules in the first year of the programme. The contemporary reading of Jacques Lacan’s formulae of sexuation is introduced on this module.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding the Freudian account of sexuality and why it begins with the sexual aberrations 2. Critically evaluate the importance of the concepts of castration, perversion and lack in the psychoanalytic theory of sexuality. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the vicissitudes of the drive, the relation to ‘the object’ and the dialectic of desire in relation to sexuality 4. Demonstrate an understanding of Lacan’s formulae of sexuation and their relevance to clinical practice

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