The class participation portion of your grade will be based on regular class attendance and participation as well as on periodic homeworks and in-class individual and small group assignments. It will also be based on your active participation in our online class discussions and writings.
Two absences are allowed during the semester. Each additional absence will lower your class participation grade by one letter grade. More than six absences and/or failure to complete any of the graded assignments detailed below are grounds for failing the course.
There will be two in-class exams. Make-up exams are not normally given. Exceptions may be made for genuine medical emergencies or other similarly serious personal difficulties, although in such cases the format of the exam may be changed.
You will also write a 5-7 page final paper applying Marx's Capital to a specific topic within your own major or minor field of study or other approved topic. Late papers will be docked one-third of a letter grade for each day late. More information will be handed out later in the semester.
Students should be aware of the ASU policies on academic integrity, disability services, religious obervances, and student egagement .
M 9/9 "Preface to First Edition," 89-93. Part One: Commodities and Money. Chapter 1, section 1 pp. 125-131.
M 9/16 Chapter 1, section 4, pp. 163-177.
M 9/23 Chapter 3, pp. 188-244.
M 9/30 Chapter 6, pp. 270-280.
M 10/7 Discussion / Review.
M 10/14 Video in class: Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times.
Chapters 8-9, pp. 307-339.
Part Four: The Production of Relative Surplus-Value. Chapters
12-14, pp. 429-491.
Part Six: Wages. Chapters 19-20, pp. 675-691.
M 10/11 Discussion: Are Students Workers? / Final Paper Topics.
W 10/13 Part Seven: The Process of Accumulation of Capital. Chapters 23-24, pp. 709-761.
M 10/18 Chapter 25, sections 1-4, pp. 762-802.
M 10/25 Second Exam.
M 12/2 Video in class: Zizek!
Final paper due during final exam period: Friday, December 13 from 3:00-5:30 PM