A Lacanian Theory of Curriculum in Higher Education

The Unfinished Symptom

  • Fernando M. Murillo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Fernando M. Murillo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Fernando M. Murillo
    Pages 33-60
  4. Fernando M. Murillo
    Pages 83-87
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 89-92

About this book


This volume presents a distinctively Lacanian psychoanalytic approach to the theorizing, understanding, and critique of curriculum in higher education. In this work, the author presents the main theories of curriculum in the current discourse, develops a notion of critique, and applies it to existing global guidelines for curriculum reform. Relying on the architectonic of the subject as developed across the work of Jacques Lacan—expressed in the registers of the Symbolic, the Imaginary, and the Real—the author provides a new approach to understanding curriculum in terms of the psychic dynamics that explain its workings.


Curriculum theory psychoanalysis criticism higher education curriculum design

Authors and affiliations

  • Fernando M. Murillo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99764-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99765-0
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