Course Description

Course Name

Contemporary Radical Theory: Marxisms and Post-Marxisms'

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


This course looks at different approaches to identifying, interpreting and applying Marxist principles and methods, and evaluates critical responses to Marxist theory and practice. Marxist thought remains important for a number of reasons. Marx's insights into the workings of capitalism are still regarded by supporters and opponents alike to have relevance today. His works, and the criticisms they generated, have produced some of the most influential political theoretical developments as well as encouraging oppressive and liberatory political movements. The course covers: Orthodox Marxism; liberal critiques of Marxism (Popper and Berlin); Marx's Capital; ethics and anti-morality in Marx; Frankfurt School; Libertarian Marxisms; Autonomist Marxism; Post-Marxisms.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
Identify and explain the key concepts of Marxism
Describe the similarities and differences between the various Marxist and post-Marxist political philosophies.
Compare the different theoretical approaches and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses
Relevantly apply at least one of these theories in a critique of contemporary political movements and events, with appropriate reference to key concepts and texts.

*Course content subject to change