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Deborah Porter
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

Class description

Putting the World on the Couch: Psychoanalysis and International Studies

In this seminar, students will be exposed to different theoretical models of psychoanalysis as well as the means by which these models have and can be applied to the interpretation of texts, films, and social and cultural phenomena. The emphasis will be on using psychoanalytic theory to tease out and analyze the tacit commentary on international issues that lies in the texts, films, and phenomena examined.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly readings and discussion topics will be assigned. Students will be asked to make outlines of possible interpretations based on the readings. Class will be devoted to discussing and analyzing the readings and interpretations.

Recommended preparation

The willingness to think deeply, discuss, challenge, and penetrate difficult issues will contribute to success in the course.

Class assignments and grading

In addition to brief outlines of the weekly readings (which students will take turns presenting), course requirements include enthusiastic participation in discussions and one seminar paper. The paper will consist of a psychoanalytic reading of a text, film, or cultural phenomenon that offers a new or different perspective for understanding of an international issue.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/25/2004