Undergraduate Modules

Marx and Contemporary Marxism

This module will familiarise students with Marx’s corpus and enable them to evaluate key historical processes—such as the development of capitalism and modernity, the birth of the nation-state and the international system—through a Marxist lens. The first part of the module surveys the development of Marx’s thought against the background of the socio-economic and political transformations of the nineteenth century. The second part focuses on thematic issues, reviewing how Marx engaged with the questions of strategy, mobilisation, gender, culture, imperialism, and colonialism. This puts Marx and Marxism into dialogue with other critical approaches, including feminism, postcolonialism, and poststructuralism.

Third Year Module
Semester One
Module Code POL3030


  • 11 two-hour seminars


  • 1500 book review
  • 2500 word essay