Fall 2022 - SA 351 D100

Classical Marxist Thought (S) (4)

Class Number: 3532

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    BLU 9655, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Gary Teeple
    1 778 782-4734
    Office: AQ 5064
    Office Hours: by email or Zoom or in office: Tuesday and Thurs 9:30-10:20
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 250.



A detailed study of classical Marxist social thought.


The study of Volume One of Marx's Capital is the sole object of the course. Without question, it is one of the most influential and studied texts in modern times. It has been central to two of the world’s greatest social revolutions and to the continuously developing critique of modern life.  Since it was first published in 1867 the text has been maligned, dismissed or ignored by supporters of the status quo, but it has also inspired and guided the activities of numerous political parties, trade unions and social and revolutionary movements. It remains a constant and central reference point, as premise or object, for much that is written in the social sciences (economics included).  Further rationale is hardly required for this concentrated study of Capital.


By the end of this course, students will have –
• Studied one of the most influential and debated of modern texts,
• Analyzed many of the key arguments/ideas that define the work of Marx,
• Begun to understand the hegemonic ideology of everyday life, i.e., to think critically,
• Encountered concepts that are layered and interrelated, rather than one-dimensional, isolated, and empirically descriptive,
• Been introduced to the meaning of dialectical motion with respect to the capitalist mode of production,
• Followed one long argument over many hundreds of pages, over an entire semester, advancing their ability to reason and appreciation of argumentation.


  • Mid-term paper (10 pages) 30%
  • Weekly study notes 10%
  • Term essay (approx. 15-20 pages) 60%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01), and academic honesty and student conduct procedures (S10‐S10.05). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website.

Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

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Marx, K. Capital: Volume One: A Critique of Political Economy. Toronto: Penguin Classics. (Introduction by Ernest Mandel; translated by Ben Fowkes)
ISBN: 978-0-140445688

Registrar Notes:


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