Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

From Marxism to Post-Marxism: Critical Discourses

 Brief Overview 

Building on the earlier introductory course on Marxism this advanced level course on Marxism to make the students familiar with the growth of Marxist methodology, its contribution in the social sciences and the important challenges it had to face.  

 Course Objectives 

The purpose of this paper is to

  1. Make students familiar with the critical traditions in Marxism.
  2. Help students to analyse the contemporary social, political and cultural upheavals and situate them in the critical discourses and practices.

 Teaching Methodology 

  1. Interactive class discussions on every concept. Small class size
  2. Use of articles, news clipping, videos, etc. to further explain concept i.e. enable a practical understanding of the concept.
  3. Evaluations are conducted throughout the semester to ensure that the students’ learning outcomes are appraised.


The students need to have completed the ‘Introduction to Marxism’ course. Exceptions are applicable.

 Course Outline 

Sr No Contents No. of Hours
1. Class and Class Consciousness · What are classes? · What is consciousness? Is there a class consciousness? 12
2. Marxism and the theory of History · Historical Materialism as a methodology: From Hegel to Benjamin · Historicism as modernism · The postmodern challenge: Michel Foucault 12
3. Marxism and/as philosophy · Marxism and post-Enlightenment: The Frankfurt School · The Structuralist school · The Post-structuralist challenge: Jacques Derrida 12
4. Marxism and literary criticism · The role of literature · Form and content · The psychoanalytical turn 12
5. From Marxism to Post-Marxism: E.Laclau and J.Butler 12
  Total 60