The Challenge of Teaching Jung in the University

David Tacey

in Teaching Jung

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735426
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914524 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

The Challenge of Teaching Jung in the University

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This chapter opens the book with an analysis of the conflict that may arise between Jung as an object of intellectual inquiry and Jung as an approach to the psyche. Such an imbalance, the chapter argues, not only misrepresents Jung but also leads to disastrous consequences for the learner (for example, an overemphasis on Jung as an approach to the psyche could lead to an inability to engage critically). In exploring the challenges of bringing Jung's ideas into the curriculum of contemporary universities, the chapter identifies four main approaches to teaching Jung (conforming, reforming, transforming, and informing), each with its own distinctive implications for the classroom. Readers will no doubt recognize aspects of these approaches to pedagogy in different chapters throughout the book.

Keywords: Jung; university; curriculum; pedagogy; psyche; conforming; reforming; transforming; informing; religious studies

Chapter.  7360 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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