U of Minn Courses Argues that Marx is Relevant in Modern World

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The University of Minnesota recently introduced a course that will teach students about the alleged relevance of economist and father of Communism Karl Marx.

According to a report from Campus Reform, the University of Minnesota is offering a course this semester that will invite students to read Karl Marx’s writings in the context of the modern world.

The course, which is taught by Senior Lecturer Meredith Gill, uses the Marx-Engels Reader as its primary textbook. In January 2016, Breitbart News reported that Marx’s Communist Manifesto is amongst the most frequently assigned academic texts at colleges and universities.

The University of Minnesota website includes a description for the course, which will take an intersectional approach to Marxism. For the uninitiated, intersectionality theory centers on the belief that certain individuals face a unique, compounded form of discrimination. For example, a black woman might face discrimination on the basis of both her gender and her race. In recent years, Marx’s work has received criticism from intersectionality theorists for focusing exclusively on class struggles.

This course provides students with an introduction to Marxist theory, with particular attention to its relevance for the contemporary world. The course will focus on Marx’s writings themselves as well as a range of applications and case studies as they relate to gender, race, ethnicity, and social inequality. Among the many topics to be considered include topics like modes of production, labor, profit and surplus value, slavery and race, gender and domestic labor, finance capital and crisis, and environmental sustainability. Students will be required to take two exams, in addition to completing a final paper. It is a discussion-based course, and active participation, close reading, and analytical writing will be expected.

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