Marxist Philosophy in the 21 Century

Ref: C2341013

There is more debate now about Marxist ideas than for some time, and it has been argued that these ideas are more relevant now than for some time. But 'Marxist' is often invoked - whether as praise or condemnation - but rarely examined or understood. This course is an opportunity to go behind the political rhetoric and gain an understanding of some of the core ideas in modern Marxist philosophy. We will study 1. hegemony (according to Gramsci) 2. domination and consumerism (according to Critical Theory) 3. women as the proletariat and 'reproductive labour' (in Marxist feminism) 4. nature and the 'second contradiction of capitalism' (in green Marxism) 5. the modern proletariat : zero hours contracts and the 'precariat' (in current Marxist economic theory)

Course aim

An opportunity to familiarize yourself with key ideas in modern Marxist philosophy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • outline different meanings of 'Marxist'
  • give a short definiton of each of the core ideas covered on the course
  • define at least one of the core ideas covered on the course in more detail
  • summarize the main arguments in at least one of the theories covered on the course
  • give at least one example each of an argument in modern Marxist philosophy which you find convincing and one you don't find convincing, and provdie reasons for your judgments

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Marxist Philosophy in the 21 Century

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