The School of Advanced Studies (SAS) has been started an open course titled “Trauma, Depression, Anxiety in Life and Learning” taught by Julie Reshe.

This course takes a moderate pessimistic approach considering such negative aspects of life as trauma, anxiety, stress, and depression as not only inevitable but also constitutive parts of human existence.

Those concepts are assessed from the perspective of philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, biology, and cognitive neuroscience. The course employs a critical stance to all of the mentioned disciplinary approaches.

Julie Reshe is an SAS professor, philosopher, blogger, a practising negative psychoanalyst, as well as a creative director of the “Endless Futures and Human Limitations — 2021” summer school. Julie teaches the “Writing, Thinking, Analysis, Interpretation” course as part of the core curriculum and a number of electives, such as “Psychoanalysis and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

The course is conducted in the online format in English from May 11 to June 22, 2021.

The Plan:

  • Žižek, S. (2008) 'Descartes and the PostTraumatic Subject'. Filozofski vestnik 29, 2: 9–29;
  • Caruth, C. (1991). Unclaimed experience: trauma and the possibility of history. Yale French Studies, (79), 181-192;
  • Fenton, B. (2018). The old wounded: Destructive plasticity and intergenerational trauma. Humanities, 7 (2);
  • Barnett, R. (2007). A will to learn: Being a student in an age of uncertainty. Open University Press, Part 1.2 Being, pp. 27-40;
  • Wright, K. (2014). Student wellbeing and the therapeutic turn in education. Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 31(2), 141-152;
  • Mawson, C. (2019). Psychoanalysis and Anxiety: From Knowing to Being. Routledge, Part I (Chapter 1. Anxiety, Chapter 2. Heidegger);
  • Selye H. (1956). The Stress of Life New York, NY: McGraw-Hill , Part 24: Philosophic Implications, pp. 273-303;
  • Vogel S., & Schwabe L. (2016). Learning and memory under stress: Implications for the classroom. NPJ Science of Learning, 29(1), 16011;
  • Horwitz, A. V., & Wakefield, J. C. (2007). The loss of sadness: How psychiatry transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder. Oxford University Press.
    Part 1. The Concept of Depression, pp. 3-27.