The Relevance of Marxist Theory Today

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Marxist Theory & Its Relevance
Fall 2022
Taught By: Karsten Struhl
Section: A

CRN: 14159

Credits: 3

We study the essential works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, as well as their philosophical precursors and some influential variations of Marxism in the 20th century. In considering philosophical idealism and social change, historical and dialectical materialism, modes of production, and the relationship between structure and superstructure, we ask whether or not Marxist theory can explain current processes of social, political, and economic change. Perhaps most important, we try to apply Marxist theory in its many variations to pressing issues of our time, including identity, multiculturalism, racial and gender oppression, the ecological crisis, terrorism, war, and globalization. In addition to Marx and Engels, we read works by Hegel, Lukács, Gramsci, Althusser, Marcuse, Habermas, Immanuel Wallerstein, Samir Amin, and John Bellamy Foster.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:56pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 517
Date Range: 9/1/2022 - 12/15/2022