Hegel and Marx

Course details

From £1365.00

Sun 14 Jul 2019 - Sat 20 Jul 2019

Hegel and Marx


The Oxford Experience is a residential summer programme providing one-week courses in a variety of subjects aimed at non-specialists. It offers a choice of seminars each week over a period of six weeks.

The names Hegel and Marx are infamous in the world of social and political thought. This course provides an accessible introduction to some of their core ideas.

Programme details

Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.


Hegel 1: The History of Philosophy and the Philosophy of History.


Hegel 2: The Philosophy of Right


Interlude: Ludwig Feuerbach (bringing Hegel down to earth) and the young Karl Marx (turning Hegel on his head)


Marx 2: Alienation, Ideology, Fetishism


Marx 3: Economics and Materialism

Recommended reading

Taylor, Charles. Hegel & Modern Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Wolff, Jonathan. Why Read Marx Today? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Geras, Norman. Karl Marx and Human Nature. London: Verso Books, 2016.


During your course, you will stay in typical Oxford student accommodation at Christ Church in buildings which range from the 18th to the 20th century. Bedrooms are modestly-furnished, do not have air-conditioning and are arranged on a staircase of four or five floors.

The fee £1545 includes a bedroom with private bathroom facilities (shower, washbasin and toilet). Most are single but a few twins are available for couples or those who wish to share with a friend. Those couples wishing to book a twin room should contact us direct ipoxex@conted.ox.ac.uk, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

There are also a few standard rooms available which all have their own washbasin and shaver point but the bath and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared. To apply for one of these rooms please select the ‘Programme Fee (with single standard accommodation and meals)’ option on the application form.  Early application for these rooms is essential.

Most standard rooms are single but there are a few ‘twin sets’ (two single rooms opening off a sitting room). If you wish to book a twin set, please contact us direct ipoxex@conted.ox.ac.uk, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form) together with a note of any mobility problems.

We regret that we are unable to offer you accommodation at Christ Church prior to or following your course. Additionally, family or friends who are not enrolled in the programme cannot be accommodated in college.


Programme fee (with single en-suite accommodation and meals): £1545.00
Programme fee (with single standard accommodation and meals): £1365.00


Dr James Panton


James Panton is an academic, teacher and writer. He has been a politics tutor at Oxford for the past ten years, specialising in political theory and intellectual history. He is also Head of Politics at Magdalen College School, where he teaches Philosophy and History, and he works as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University in Oxford and London, teaching undergraduate social science and post-graduate political philosophy courses. He also teaches for OUDCE at its summer school for Duke University at New College.

Assessment methods

There are no assessments for this course.


Online registration closes on Wednesday 1 May 2019 but please note that this course may be fully booked very quickly so early registration is recommended.