• 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the key ideas of Marx´s economic and political thought;
  2. Think critically about the key ideas of Marx´s economic and political thought;
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the critical literature in the area of Marx scholarship and Marxist theory;
  4. 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.

Indicative Assessment

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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Philosophy (PHIL) courses, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be available from the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

"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

Assumed Knowledge

PHIL1004 and either PHIL1005 or PHIL1007




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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