CF 821: Psychodynamic Perspectives on Difference I: Race, Racialization, and Social Class

This course dissects the social construction of difference, particularly as it relates to race and social class.  The class explores how these social constructions operate within ourselves, our patients, and in the broader world.  Psychoanalytic literature is used in this course to expand thinking about constructions of difference.  Specifically, psychoanalytic thinking is utilized to look at how unconscious processes are at work on societal and intrapsychic levels and how these processes promote and deter various ways of being.  This course looks at how these dynamics influence our clinical work and how they influence society at large.  Finally, this course discusses how socially constructed notions about race and social class maintain social injustices and how we, as clinical social workers, can engage and combat these dynamics.  Prerequisite: CF 721