POL S 406
Explores the relationship between social classes, the state, and political power in advanced capitalist societies. Investigates this relationship primarily by means of the tools of Marxian political economy and, in the process, evaluates these tools. Emphasis on theoretical perspectives, although the reading list has a few empirical applications as well. Recommended: POL S 201.
The course will offer a survey of the intellectual genealogy of Marxian political economy, reading excerpts from Aristotle, John Locke, and Adam Smith, as well as Marx and Engels's major works, from which emerges the systematic problematic and paradigm of Marxian political economy as a distinct set of analytic tools and a political program of liberty and equality.
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25% midterm 25% presentation 30% exit paper 20% participation