Optional on MSc Political Theory, MSc Political Theory (Research) and MSc European Studies; Ideas and Identities and students following MSc European Studies: Ideas and Identities on LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in European Studies. Also available as an outside option where regulations permit.
The course is an advanced level course providing the opportunity to read canonical texts in the history of Marxism and engage with the more recent normative literature related to these texts. The course will cover key issues in the study of Marxism such as the materialist conception of history, the idea of class and class struggle, the role of the state, the analysis of exploitation, the defence of revolution, the role of the party, the analysis of imperialism. It will introduce to the thought of an author that is often referred to in a range of literatures and will provide the opportunity to read original texts and engage with scholarly controversies (both historical and normative) generated by these texts.
McLellan, D. (2000), Karl Marx: Selected Writings, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Cohen, G.A. (2000), Karl Marxs Theory of History: A Defence, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Lichtheim, G. (1982), Marxism: A Historical and Critical Study, Columbia University Press.
Rosen, M. (1996) On Voluntary Servitude: False Consciousness and the Theory of Ideology, Polity Press.
Elster, J. (1985), Making Sense of Marx, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
John Roemer (ed.) (1986), Analytical Marxism, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.