Introduction to C.G. Jung (PSY 331)
Memories, Dreams, Reflections, psychologist C. G. Jung’s remarkable semi-autobiographical memoir (compiled and co-written by his personal secretary, Aniele Jaffé), begins with him stating that it is “a story of the self-realization of the unconscious.” Through a personal journey that took him from his inner world to the worlds of medicine, myth, religion, philosophy, art, literature, history, and anthropology, he amassed and overwhelming array of evidence to show that the psyche and the world it has created are woven from the same universal archetypal energies rising from those unknown depths. We can read ourselves and our world as random phenomena—material, linear, bound by strict cause and effect—or, entering those depths, we can begin to see the way in which all things hang together symbolically, in what Jung, after the ancients, called “the sympathy of all things.”
This course is a general introduction to Jung’s life and work, with an emphasis on the development of symbolic awareness . We will read Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and supplement this with von Franz’s C. G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time, which will complement the other through fleshing out Jung’s theories contextually, across his long life. Along the way we will learn about what has come to be called “Jungian” psychology, but the emphasis will be on understanding the basics of Jung’s method of symbolic interpretation, reading his biography as personal myth, and learning to apply that lens as an aid to living an examined life.
Course Sessions and Topics
This course is divided into ten, one-hour lectures. The introductory lecture, Introduction to C. G. Jung’s Psychology, is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.
Week 1 Introduction to C. G. Jung’s Psychology
Week 2 Childhood and Youth
Week 3 The Ego and Individuation
Week 4 The Psyche
Week 5 The Unconscious
Week 6 The Mandala of Life
Week 7 The Evolution of Human Consciousness
Week 8 Alchemy and the Psychology of Transformation
Week 9 The Frontiers of Human Consciousness
Week 10 Jung’s Significance for Today
Learning Outcomes for this Course
By the end of the Course Students Should:
- Be conversant with the general outline of Jung’s biography, and the evolution of his major theories
- Be able to discuss Jung’s psychology in a comparative and transdisciplinary manner, and apply his ideas in novel personal and academic situations
- Have a grasp on Jung’s method of amplification and interpretation of symbolic material, and be able to explain his rationale for working with dreams
- Begin developing a carefully considered and articulate critique of Jung’s work from the student’s own unique perspective
- Be able to explain why they might or might not choose to incorporate Jung’s ideas into their own synthetic worldview
Stephen Julich, Ph.D. | California Institute of Integral Studies, Ph.D., East-West Psychology. Specializes in academic writing, Jung and Jungian studies, and the application of Jung’s ideas on myth and symbol to the work of Mirra Alfassa, spiritual partner to Sri Aurobindo Ghose.