Symbolism in Guided Imagery and Music

Subject MUSI90107 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A total of 36 hours of lectures and discussion.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Students must have completed the following subjects:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


VCA and Music Student Centre
234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

Tel: +61 3 9685 9322
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358

School of Music - Parkville
Conservatorium Building

Tel: +61 3 8344 5256
Fax: +61 3 8344 5346
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Subject Overview:

This subject covers the following topics: Interpretation of symbols, imagery, colour, archetypal figures; Jungian theory and philosophy - the shadow, anima/animus and the interpretation of dreams; Myth; Mandala; Transpersonal therapy.


On completion of this subject, students will have gained an understanding of:

  • Jungian philosophy and archetypes (including shadow, anima/animus);
  • Basic concepts of transpersonal therapy;
  • Interpretation of symbols commonly found in myths and dreams;
  • The theory of shape, form and colour of the mandala, and gained skill in its interpretation.
Assessment: A written paper (1,500 words) relating to case material.
Prescribed Texts:

Campbell, J The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1972

Fincher, S Creating Mandalas. Shambhala Press: Boston and London , 1982

Johnson, R Owning your own Shadow. Harper Collins: New York , 1991

Jung, C. Memories, Dreams and Reflections. Fontana paperback. London . Random House, 1961

Jung, C Modern Man in Search for a Soul. New York : Harvest

Jung, C Man and his symbols. Picador. London : Pan Books, 1964

Wilbur, K No Boundary. Boston : New Science Press, 1979

Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being. New York : van Nostrand, 1968

O'Connor, P. Understanding Jung. Melbourne . Mandarin. Octopus publishing. 1990 (Also published as Understanding Jung: Understanding Yourself. Methuen Haynes 1985.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Guided Imagery and Music

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