LAW7921 - Law and Psychoanalysis

LAW7921 - Law and Psychoanalysis

Course Number: 

7921

Type: 

Seminar

Credits: 

3

Prerequisite(s):

none

Explores the influence of Freud's ideas on law and legal theory. The reading includes selections from Freud's major psychoanalysis writings and at least one case history. Freud's ideas in conjunction with select legal cases from various doctrinal areas are discussed. The place of psychoanalytic ideas within the history of jurisprudence, especially with respect to legal realism and, to a lesser extent, feminism and postmodernism also is examined. The final part of the course addresses in depth one or two contemporary legal issues, such as repressed memory evidence, insanity defense, best interests of the child, and so forth. Group This class explores the relevance of modern psychoanalytic ideas to legal doctrine and theory. The course begins with an overview of the major current ideas in psychoanalytic psychology with a focus on the distinction between psychoanalysis and other psychological fields. The place of psychoanalytic ideas within the history of jurisprudence, especially with respect to legal realism, feminism and postmodernism, will be discussed. Most of the semester will be spent reading the major psychoanalytic writers in law including Jerome Frank, Joe Goldstein, Charles Lawrence, Elyn Saks, and Peter Brooks. A research paper applying psychoanalytic ideas to a specific area of contemporary law or legal theory is required. This course does not fulfill the upperclass writing requirement.