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What is Socialism? Literature and Politics

COM 207/ENG 207/GER 203

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While there is no single definition of socialism, the class introduces the historic diversity of socialist thinking. We ask: What is the "social" in socialism? How does socialism relate to communism and capitalism? How does it define democracy, equality, freedom, individuality, and collectivity? Are socialist ethics connected to religious traditions such as Christianity and Islam that teach human equality? How may we understand injustices committed in socialism's name alongside its striving for social justice? We read classic texts of socialist theory and practice to reveal its roots in literature and philosophy as well as social movements.
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Section L01

  • Type: Lecture
  • Section: L01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 14
  • Capacity: 40
  • Class Number: 42500
  • Schedule: Th 01:30 PM-02:50 PM

Section P01

  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 8
  • Capacity: 40
  • Class Number: 43374
  • Schedule: Th 03:00 PM-04:20 PM

Section P02

  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P02
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 6
  • Capacity: 40
  • Class Number: 43379
  • Schedule: Th 03:00 PM-04:20 PM