Since 1996, New College has offered interested students opportunities for sustained, interdisciplinary engagement with the thought of Carl Jung. These courses invite students to consider Jung’s thought and practice in relation to a range of disciplinary and cultural issues in order to open up conversations about models of consciousness and mind.
These courses cultivate a distinctive learning experience formed in small seminars and enhanced by the diversity of student participants. Historically students have come together from disciplines as wide ranging as Cognitive Science, English, Neuroscience, Psychology, Religion and Visual Studies. Students engage in a critical reading of primary texts of Jung put in interpretive dialogue with selected primary texts, films, and other cultural artifacts drawn from religion, philosophy, anthropology, art and literature, architecture, and popular culture. Students learn through producing substantial oral and written projects that articulate their critical and creative response to this dialogue and to Jung’s thought as an interpretive practice.
See New College courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar.
The Marion and Ross Woodman Endowment
Courses in Jungian Theory at New College are supported through a generous endowment established by Dr. Marion Woodman and Professor Emeritus Dr. Ross Woodman in 1999 to create two new courses (NEW303H and NEW402/403H) that would sustain and augment NEW302Y, which was first offered by New College in 1996.
This endowment also created the Marion and Ross Woodman Award, a scholarship awarded annually to students who demonstrate academic merit, financial need and a serious interest in the study of analytical psychology. More information about this award can be found in the In-Course Scholarship section of the website.
Born in London, Ontario, Dr. Marion Woodman taught high school English and Drama before training at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich during the late 1970s. With ten books to her credit, Dr. Woodman has traveled extensively throughout North America, England, and Scandinavia, giving lectures and seminars on various aspects of Jungian psychology. She is internationally renowned and considered to be one of the foremost Jungian analysts of the world.
Professor Ross Woodman was Professor-Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. He is the author of The Apocalyptic Vision in the Poetry of Shelley and numerous articles on the English Romantic poets, as well as on contemporary art. In 1993, Professor Woodman was presented with the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Keats-Shelley Association of America. In all of his work, he was influenced by C.G. Jung’s archetypal theory.
The U of T Jungian Society is dedicated to exploring the psychology and philosophy of C.G. Jung, as well as post-Jungian thought and related explorations of wisdom, mind, and the unconscious. As a group, they facilitate opportunities for their members to explore these theories within an academic, social, and/or experiential context. They encourage enquiry, discussion, fun, and making new friends!