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Marxist Legal Theory

Explore the implications of Marxist theory on the law, delving into topics such as property, ideology, and domination. Examine the role of law in maintaining capitalism and class divisions, while also questioning its potential for leftist purposes. Discover how legal institutions shape social relations and human subjects in this thought-provoking course.

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  • 21 and older
  • $335
  • Online Classroom
  • 12 hours over 4 sessions

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What you'll learn in this literature class:

While Marx initially studied law, he did not develop a legal theory in the strict sense. Yet Marxism, as a general understanding of social organization and transformation, has unavoidable implications for any conception of the law and how it operates. Is law originally, or ultimately, concerned with property and economic production? Does law reflect autonomous values, or is it a superstructural species of ideology? Can law only work as a form of domination? What would law under socialism look like? In this course we will read and critically evaluate a variety of Marxist approaches to law, beginning with Evgeny Pashukanis’s classic articulation of the “commodity-form” theory of law in his General Theory of Law and Marxism—that is, the idea that law developed out of, and is inextricably linked to, the ownership and exchange of commodities. We will then move to more contemporary Marxist analyses of both domestic and international law in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, centering debates over whether and to what ends we can use law and legal institutions for leftist purposes. Throughout, we will ask: how has law been deployed as an engine of capitalism to maintain monopolies, strengthen class divisions, and police the working classes? How has it saturated social relations and the formation of human subjects? Are legal institutions fundamentally unreformable as tools of global oppression? Should a Marxist believe in or fight for human rights? Readings will be drawn from Evgeny Pashukanis, Paul O’Connel, Ndina Tzouvala, Rob Knox, Sonja Buckel, Grietja Baars, China Mieville, Marti Koskenniemi, Bhupinder Chimni, Paul Sweezy, and others.

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This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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  • Upon request, we will refund less 5% cancellation fee of a course up until 6 business days before its start date.
  • Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to 75% refund or full course credit.
  • After the first class: 50% refund or 75% course credit.
  • No refunds or credits will be given after the second class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...

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