2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Marxist Theory


Spring quarter

Faculty: Lawrence Mosqueda political economy, political science

Fields of Study: history, philosophy and political science

Spring: Signature Required Faculty will assess students' ability to write at the college level. Students should submit a past social science research paper and past evaluations or unofficial transcript and set up an interview appointment in winter 2010 to receive priority. Call 867-6513 for more information. Students who submit application letter and information at least a week before the Academic Fair, March 2, 2011, will receive priority. Dr. Mosqueda will notify students of acceptance before the Academic Fair. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.  

Credits: 16(S)

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Day


"I am not a Marxist" -Karl Marx

"Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts" -Mary Harris (Mother) Jones

If one believes the current mass media, one would believe that Marxism is dead, and that the "end of history" is upon us. As Mark Twain is reported to have said upon news accounts of his demise, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." The same, of course, is true for Marxist Theory. Few Americans have read more than The Communist Manifesto, if that. Very few "educated" people have a clear understanding of Marx's concept of alienation, dialectics, historical materialism, or his analysis of labor or revolutionary change.

In this program, we will examine the development of Marx's thought and Marxist Theory. We will read and discuss some of Marx's early and later writings as well as writings of later Marxists. We will also explore concrete examples of how "dialectics" and "materialism" can be applied to race and gender issues. At the end of the program, students should have a solid foundation for further study of Marxist analysis.

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Preparatory for studies or careers in: philosophy, political theory and economy, history, race and gender studies, and the social sciences.

Campus Location: Olympia

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 8th, 2010 Larry Mosqueda will be teaching A People's Geography of American Empire.