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CFDL 502: Psychodynamic Psychology II Central Freudian Concepts

Ph.D. Program - Distance Learning: spring 2012-13

Gregory S. Rizzolo, MA

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Course Description

This course explores foundational psychodynamic concepts through the detailed examination of important material written by Freud in a variety of contexts. We will explore the theoretical and clinical implications of these concepts, and  discuss how they are relate to ongoing controversies in psychodynamic thinking. We will end the course with a study of the ideas of two significant psychodynamic writers who expanded Freud’s ideas.


  1. Enhance students’ understanding of  basic psychodynamic concepts
  2. Enhance students’ ability to integrate psychodynamic theoretical material with their clinical understanding
  3. Provide a further  foundation for deeper exploration of psychodynamic theory


The majority of class readings are available in the PEP data base of the digital library.  If you prefer, you may purchase a hard copy of the Introductory Lectures at Amazon or most bookstores.  Additional resources include:

Evaluation of Learning 

There will be two evaluation of students learning elements:

  • Final Exam:  Due one week after the last class.  The final will be an open book exam consisting of ten questions that cover the course content.  Each question is to be answered with a one paragraph answer using proper citations.
  • Class Participation: is an integral aspect of this course, this includes participating in class discussions and asking questions about the readings or concepts being discussed.


 Grades will be based on the following formula:

  • Class Participation: 25%
  • Final Exam: 75%

Attendance is mandatory.  Absences should be limited to emergencies and cleared in advance with the instructor.

Students should use APA formatting for formal papers. All sources (books, articles, Internet, etc.) quoted directly or indirectly must be properly cited. Failure to do so constitutes a serious violation of academic ethics.

Class Schedule and Assignments

Class I Clinical Context


  • Freud, S. (1909), Analysis of a Phobia in a Five Year Old Boy, Standard Edition Volume 10
  • Freud, S. (1893-95) Frauline Elisabeth von R.. Standard Edition, Volume 2

Class II  Dreams


  • Freud, S. (1916-1917)  Introductory lectures on psychoanalysis. Standard Edition, Volume 15,  Lectures V-XIV


  • Freud, S. (1900) The Interpretation of dreams. Standard Edition, Volume 4, Ch. II; Ch. III;  Ch.  IV; Ch. 5 a and b; Ch. VI, a,b,c,d, h;  Ch. VII, c.  

Class III Symptoms and Anxiety


  • Freud, S. (1916-1917)  Introductory lectures on psychoanalysis. Standard Edition, Volume 16:   Lectures XVI-XVII
  • Freud, S. (1926) Inhibitions, symptoms, and anxiety. Standard Edition Volume 20

Class IV  Psychosexual Development


  • Freud, S. (1916-1917)  Introductory lectures on psychoanalysis. Standard Edition, Volume 16:   Lectures XX-XXI
  • Freud, S. (1905) Three essays on the theory of sexuality, I and II. Standard Edition, Volume 7

Class V Development, regression, fixation


  • Freud, S. (1916-17) Introductory lectures on psychoanalysis. Standard Edition, Volume 16, Lectures XVII-XXIV
  • Freud, S. (1917) Mourning and melancholia.  Standard Edition, Volume 14.
  • Freud, S. (1909)  Notes on a case of obsessional neurosis.  Standard Edition, Volume 10

Class VI  Trauma, Fixation and Repression


  • Freud, S. (1916-1917)  Introductory lectures on psychoanalysis. Standard Edition, Volume 16  Lectures XVIII –IX.
  • Freud, S. (1920) Beyond the pleasure principle. Standard Edition, Volume 18

Class VII  The Tripartite Model


  • Freud, S. (1933) New introductory lectures in psychoanalysis. Volume 22,  Lectures XXXI and XXXII.
  • Freud, S (1930) Civilization and its discontents. Standard Edition, Volume 21 

Class VIII Further Development of the Tripartite Model


  • Loewald, H. (1960) On the therapeutic action of psycho-analysis, International Journal of Psycho-analysis, 41,16-33. 
  • Racker, H (1968)  Meanings and uses of countertransference In Transference and Countertransference, (pp. 133-456). CT: International Universities Press.  PDF


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