Unit code: APP3020 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
APP2013 - Psychology 2A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit introduces the fundamental concepts and theories relevant to psychoanalysis as a model of mind, method of investigating unconscious psychological processes, and psychotherapeutic treatment modality. The focus is on Freud’s own writing, but reference to post-Freudian psychoanalysis is also included.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and critically review key psychoanalytic theories and concepts;
  2. Use psychoanalytic concepts to develop plausible interpretations of psychological case material;
  3. Advance logical, well-structured and coherent arguments relating to psychoanalytic topics.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Test on theoretical concepts (45minutes)
Assessment type: Review
Grade: 30%
Short written responses to a core readings chosen for review (1000 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Case study report (1500 words)

Required reading

Readings to be advised via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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