- Code PHIL2120
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Sociology, Economic History, Political Economy, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
This course will examine Marx´s analysis of capitalist production, focussing on the concept of work, and contemporary responses thereto. At the same time, it will investigate the philosophical and meta-economic content in Marx’s claim to be providing a critique of political economy which strips political economy of its ideological character and makes it serviceable for social transformation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with some of the key ideas of
Marx´s economic and political thought;
- Think critically about the key ideas of Marx´s economic
and political thought;
- Demonstrate familiarity with some of the critical
literature in the area of Marx scholarship and Marxist theory;
- Articulate their views on key ideas of Marx´s economic and political thought and to support them on the basis of close textual reading and argument.
2 x 2,250 Word Research Essays (45% each) LO 1-3
Tutorial participation (10%) LO 4
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2 hours of lectures and 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of study each teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be available from the course Wattle site.
"Karl Marx," Standford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/marx/
McLellan, David, Karl Marx: His Life and Thought, Macmillan, 1973
Braverman, Harry Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the 20th Century, Monthly Review Press, 1974
Deranty, Jean-Philippe, and Nicholas Smith (eds.), New Philosophies of Labour: Work and the Social Bond, Brill, 2012
Habermas, Jürgen "Labour and Interaction," in Theory and Practice, Beacon Press, 1988, pp.142-169
Hegel, G.W.F. "Lordship and Bondage," in The Phenomenology of Spirit, Oxford University Press, 1979, pp.111-119
Hegel, G.W.F. The Philosophy of Right, Dover Philosophical Classics, 2005
Locke, John "Second Treatise of Civil Government," in Two Treatises of Civil Government, Filibust, 2007
Marcuse, Herbert "The Foundations of Historical Materialism"
Marx, Karl The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, International Publishers, 1964
Marx, Karl The German Ideology, Prometheus Books, 1998
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Amongst Men, Penguin Classics, 1985
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, On the Social Contract, Dover, 2003
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