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Stevan Knezevich

Class Outline CourseSOCB42H3Y Lecture 21/07/2010 Topic: The Communist Manifesto Key educational goals/outcomes for today: Understand economic basis for Marx’s belief that capitalism was doomed to fall apart and give way to communism. Understand the central importance of private property in his vision of history, and how it made him believe that proletariat was the bearer of a social project radically different from any other class project in history. Apply Marx’s dialectic understanding of social structure and agency on his project of communist revolution. Readings Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels (2004, 1848) The Communist Manifesto, London: Penguin. Questions to guide the reading/to think about ahead of time for students What was the purpose of writing The Manifesto? What is presented as the main force of historical development up to the time of writing? Has the social role of the bourgeoisie always been reactionary? Explain. How is the petite bourgeoisie presented in The Manifesto? How is the proletariat different from all classes that struggled to change societies through history? What type of property will communism be based on? What is your opinion of Marx and Engels’ concept of communism, notwithstanding the likelihood of its realization? A GENDA FOR CLASS Book review due at the beginning of class Introduction We continue our discussion of political economy of capitalism and connect it with Marx’s vision of the future: of proletarian revolution
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