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Using the MP3 to Learn Selections of Marx’s Capital

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This exercise is most suitable after students have developed a basic understanding of social structures and the historical conditions of capitalism. This exercise requires students to concentrate on a single example: the MP3 commodity. This exercise is designed for students to introduce and develop selections of Marx’s Capital Volume 1, particularly elements relating to the key Marxist concepts of commodities and exchange. Students will use the MP3, a popular form of music media, as a contemporary example to promote and develop Marx’s theory of capital. This example is useful primarily for an undergraduate Sociological Theory course after having read Chapters 1 and 2 of Capital Volume 1. Use of the MP3 develops the relevance and importance of some key Marxist ideas in specific relation to something that most students, indeed most people, have at least a vague knowledge about. Such an application of Marx’s concepts to a modern everyday technology encourages students to develop some of the necessary skills required for sociological theorizing.

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Resource Type(s):
Assignment 
Author(s):
Christopher Schneider 
Date Published:
2/8/2011 
Subject Area:
Theory 
Class Level:
College 300 
Class Size:
Medium 
Language:
English 


Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
This exercise is designed for students to develop selections of Marx’s Capital Volume 1, particularly elements relating to the key Marxist concepts of commodities and exchange.
Assessment 1:
The learning goals can be assessed by reviewing the written student work in response to questions 1-4. Instructor notes appear to help aid with assessment of goals.
Goal 2:
Understand the concept of use value in a historical and cultural context; understand the forces and relations of production; understand contemporary use value and exchange value;

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