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John C Foster
HIST 309
Seattle Campus

Marx and the Marxian Tradition in Western Thought: The Foundations of Modern Cultural Criticism I

Critically examines the formation of modern Western culture, politics, and society through an historical analysis of the work of Karl Marx and the thinkers, artists, and activists who assimilated and transformed Marxian concepts from the late nineteenth century to the present. Offered: jointly with CHID 309.

Class description

The course will look both backwards and forwards, locating the works of Marx and Nietzsche in patterns of philosophical thought in the nineteenth century, as well as in the political and social movements of the twentieth century. The course will also discuss the ways that the works of Marx and Nietzsche can be relevant to us today, as well as how the study of intellectual history can improve our understanding of the modern world.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will involve lectures as well as discussions among participants.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The assignments for the course will be two 5-7 page essays and a final exam.

Grades will be based on performace on the essays and the exam, as well as on spoken participation during class meetings.


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 John C Foster
Date: 04/08/2005