Conversations with Marxists

Course content

Marx's comprehensive theory of capitalism, like capitalism itself,  has proven to be highly malleable and  adaptable. As a result, social scientists inherit and engage a complicated body of Marxist thought which has  developed into specific branches of Marxism.  This class will survey schools of Marxist thought through "conversations" with key Marxists who have shaped the development of Marxist theory and our understanding of society.  We will focus on how these Marxists have expanded, challenged or modified Marx's  theory of class and class conflict, his concept of exploitation, the role of ideology and his theory of social change.  We will read original (canonical) texts accompanied by supplementary pieces engaging in debates as a way to map out some important nodes in this complex and rich theoretical tradition.


MA Theory and Methodology (MSc Curriculum 2015)

Course package:

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BA-Undergraduates from foreign countries (exchange students) can sign up for this course

Creditstudents must be at master level

Learning outcome

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7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Individual or group. A portfolio assignment is defined as a series of short assignments during the course that address one or more set questions and feedback is offered during the course. All of the assignments are submitted together for assessment at the end of the course. The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 110
  • Exercises
  • 30
  • Exam Preparation
  • 38
  • English
  • 206