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S. Charusheela
BIS 485
Bothell Campus

Topics in Cultural Studies

Explores in depth specific historical, political, or social aspects of cultural practice. Links this analysis to an examination of the processes involved in doing various forms of cultural work.

Class description

Spring 2012: Rethinking Marxism

This course views Marxism as constituted through diverse knowledge projects that self-consciously identify the writings of Karl Marx as a source. We will spend the first two-thirds of the quarter reading Marx’s writings, starting with Young Marx and working our way through to the Later Marx of Capital. Along the way, we will pick out key themes in Marx’s writings that have become central to contemporary scholarship in a variety of fields, as a way to ground the different traditions of Marxian thought. The last third of the quarter will provide an introduction to key scholarly trajectories within contemporary Marxian thought.

The course is cross-listed with BCULST/BPOLST 593A, undergraduate students interested in taking the course should contact Prof. Charu (

Student learning goals

Develop facility with the approaches and vocabularies of Marxian scholarly traditions.

General method of instruction

The course will use a combination of seminar discussion and writing, along with intensive out-of-class mentoring.

Recommended preparation

This is a course that requires a willingness to read extensively from primary and secondary sources. Undergraduate students wishing to take the course should contact Prof. Charu (

Class assignments and grading

Formal and informal written work, class participation.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by S. Charusheela
Date: 02/16/2012