Timing & CATS
This module will be running in the Autumn Term of 2017-18 and will be worth 15 CATS.
In his Outlines of the Philosophy of Right, G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) sought to provide an objective 'science' of the state – a science which had the purpose of demonstrating that institutions such as the family, property, and the police are the product of an rational development that provides the ideal context for our realisation as free individuals. Karl Marx (1818-1883) was deeply influenced by Hegel's method, although it's fair to say he rejected a lot of his conclusions. Instead, Marx emphasises the material reality of individuals within the burgeoning industrial capitalist society of his day, leading him to the conclusion that freedom can only be realised as the product of a revolutionary class struggle. In this module, we will read Hegel and Marx together, juxtaposing their perspectives on related issues to help critically illuminate both their methods and results.
Normally students must attend 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminars per week.
Lectures for 2017-18
Seminars for 2017-18
Seminars for this course start in week 2
There will be no seminars during reading week (week 6)
Please sign up for a seminar group using Tabula.
This module can be assessed in the following ways:
- 1 x 1,500 word essay (worth 15% of the module)
- 1 x 2,500 word essay (worth 85% of the module)
- G.W.F. Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right (Cambridge University Press, 1991)
- Karl Marx, Early Political Writings (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
From October 2016 course materials will be available on Moodle. Simply sign in and select the module from your Moodle home page.
Please be aware that these materials may not be relevant to the current version of this module; they are intended primarily for students who took the module in other years.
Dr Tom Whyman