• Academic Credits: 3
  • Mode of Instruction: Lecture
  • Syllabus: pdf Spring 2023 (304 KB)

    Syllabus Disclaimer:  The information on this syllabus is subject to change. For up-to-date course information, please refer to the syllabus on your course site (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) on the first day of class.

  • Course Description

    The course will cover the roots and foundations of Marxist theory and the development of the movements for socialism and communism in Europe and the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The course will focus on the struggles to establish socialism and communism on the world scene, concentrating on the Russian Revolution, its world impact, the backlash to it, the effects of World War II, the Chinese Revolution, and the cold war on the varieties of and movements for socialism and communism.

    The course aims, though diverse primary and secondary sources, to help students develop a framework for understanding socialist/communist ideology and the influence and contributions of the movements for socialism and communism to modern U.S. and world history.