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Thinking Psychoanalytically About Self in Society (908)
Friday, December 10, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Category: Courses

Thinking Psychoanalytically About Self in Society (908)
Instructors: Angelika Rapaport, PhD and Herman Rapaport, PhD

via Zoom

This course explores psychoanalysis as an explanatory discipline concerning individuals, society, and culture. Social life cannot be reduced to empirical social meanings related to rules and norms, legal and ideological. Whereas for sociologists the social subject is a social fact--a subject defined by rights, status, and markers of identity--for psychoanalysts, the social subject is also part of a social unconscious that is desiring and thus invested in social fantasy--for example, the fantasy of a lost paradise of white America whose Black and Native American victims cannot be mourned and are therefore subjected to attack in fantasy. Psychoanalytic concepts such as desire, sublimation, repression, loss and mourning, and trauma are applicable to cultures, given that people psychologically share their experiences and want them recognized by others.

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this class. This is a course on applied psychoanalysis using psychoanalytic concepts to explain meaning-making and social behavior. Registration is open to academic scholars in the humanities and sciences who are not practicing clinicians. PCC matriculated students may register for this course for elective credit.
Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats; student participation is encouraged.


Where:    via Zoom
When:     Fridays, October 15 - December 10, 2021 (no class November 26)
Time:       4:00pm - 5:30pm

CME Credits: 12 / CE Credits: 12 clock hours / NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

About the Instructors:

Angelika Rapaport, PhD, is a psychoanalyst trained in New York, Michigan, London, and Munich who is in private practice in Durham, NC. She is former faculty in Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota and at Cornell. She is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the PCC.

Herman Rapaport, PhD, is Reynolds Professor of English at Wake Forest University. He publishes in a number of fields, including psychoanalysis, philosophy, aesthetics, social theory, and literary study. Dr. Rapaport is a member of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas.


Required Text: Bollas, Christopher (2018).  Meaning and Melancholia: Life in the Age of Bewilderment. Routledge.

Course Syllabus: click here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is October 1.  
$25 Registration Fee is due at the time of application.

Tuition: $315
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$290 for graduate students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator.

Matriculated students are not charged a course registration fee.  Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.  In special circumstances, we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
Course Cancellation Policy

Course Learning Objectives: Class participants will be abl
e to:
  1. Give a definition of both ‘subjectivity’ and ‘self as a social fact’.
  2. Explain the difference between unconscious phantasy and conscious fantasy and what role unconscious phantasy plays in the constitution of "psychic reality".
  3. Develop an argument for the importance of metaphorical use of language in psychoanalytic thinking and interpretation.
  4. Name two to three psychoanalytic concepts to apply to an understanding of culture.
  5. Give a definition of ‘desire’ using Lacan’s theory.
  6. Explain the influence of desire in social relationships.
  7. Describe the symbolic forms of desire and how it is subverted as seen in the film “Rear Window.”
  8. Discuss a psychoanalytic understanding of prejudice and possible ways of becoming aware of, and working through, one’s racism.
  9. Using Bollas’s arguments for the ‘demise of democracy’, demonstrate the difference between a sociological and a psychoanalytic understanding of “the social" and some social phenomena.
  10. Explain how and why "repetition compulsion" is inevitable in the transmission of experience, especially trauma.
  11. Give two or three examples for psychoanalysis as an interdisciplinary study.
CE-CME Information:

For additional information please contact the Administrator

Phone: 919-490-3212   Email: [email protected]

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

 The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity has relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021- 

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

If you have special needs or want information about our cancellation policy, please contact the Administrator.

Contact: [email protected]