This module offers an understanding of the key theoretical concepts used in psychodynamic thinking, relating both to individuals/personal relationships and to organisational dynamics. In particular, it helps students understand the unconscious dynamics at work in individuals and families, and become able to apply their understanding beyond individuals in relation to groups and organisations. The module aims to establish a theoretical foundation for the rest of the programme. As such students will study the basis of a psychodynamic approach, the key theoretical ideas and their place within the discipline. The discipline is understood with reference to its place in social science and the underpinning philosophical assumptions are considered.