Revolutionary Marxism [Sping @ PSU]

via PDX ISO. Jan 27, 2012:

This coming Spring, Portland State University will be offering the course “Revolutionary Marxism” through the Chiron Studies program, which creates student-taught courses. The course will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 3:50 pm, classroom TBA.

2011 was the year of revolts and revolutions. With an upsurge in working class radicalism, revolutionary ideas are back on the table and the ideas of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Rosa Luxemburg provide a theoretical basis for what we have been witnessing first hand: class struggle. This course is designed to introduce students to the theory, history, and practice of Marxism with an emphasis on the practical applications of Marxist analysis in local political and community organizing, such as within the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The course will focus on four major areas throughout the semester including the Fundamentals of Marxist Theory, Marxism and Oppression, Revolutionary Practice, and The Future of Socialism. In exploring these four areas of focus the course will compare and contrast  Revolutionary Marxism to Stalinism, reformist socialism, leading academic interpretations of Marxism, as well as other radical leftist ideologies.

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