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Herbert among students, Berlin, 1968
Herbert among students at the
Free University of Berlin, May 13, 1968

Courses using books by Herbert Marcuse

list compiled by Harold Marcuse
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page created April 28, 2004; last updated Dec. 29, 2012

A note on the photo above: It was found in 2001 on the Copenhagen Goethe Institute website, from which it has since disappeared. The main Goethe Institute website now has a similar image from a different vantage point. In 2011 an editor at Yale University Press tracked down the image owner (thank you Rachael L.!): Ullstein bild: Bildnummer: 00003800 - Jung Datum: 01.01.1967 Bildgrösse: 3639x2784 Pixel
I can't vouch for either the 1967 or 1968 date.

A note on this page: Most of the research finding the initial stock of courses was done in 2004. Since then I've only added a random course or two that has come to my attention, but have not done any systematic searching..

This navigation bar goes to sections below with links to courses in which the book is read.
Multiple and early works
Eros and Civilization
sional Man
Repressive Tolerance
Essay on Liberation
Aesthetic Dimension
Courses with pages about Marcuse
other writings
Frankfurt School
Note: additional .pdf and .doc syllabi can be found by googling syllabus and book title

Courses reading boxed set of Herbert's collected worksmultiple and early works (back to top)

  • York University, Toronto, Canada, "The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and Benjamin," (Political Science 6070). [link June 2005; listed on oldest version at internet archive: Jan. 2001]
    • "This seminar studies the origins, development and present status of the Frankfurt school of critical theory. It presents students with an overview of the principal themes in the work of Max Horkheimer, T.W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse and Walter Benjamin. Emphasis is placed on the intrinsic theoretical content of the major works of critical theorists, although attention will be also paid to the historical conditions to which these thinkers responded.
      Same as Philosophy 6430 and Social & Political Thought 6600."
    • A student and visitor of this web site e-mailed me the following in June 2005: "At York
      University in Toronto, Canada (which is really the only bastion of left/critical theory in political science in Canada these days) Prof.Asher Horowitz offers a graduate course every other year called "The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and Benjamin." In terms of Herbert's works specifically, the course covered "One-Dimensional Man", "Eros and Civilization", "Counter-Revolution and Revolt," as well as "On Hedonism."

      The listing can be found by scolling down on this page at York:
    • The following course is also listed on that page: Political Science 5091: "Marxism, Feminism, Poststructuralism. This course explores some of the important theories put forward by Marxists in the twentieth century including those of Lukacs, Marcuse, and Althusser. It also examines challenges to Marxist theory posed by feminism and poststructuralism. Integrated with the undergraduate course Arts Political Science 4091"
  • University of Maryland/College Park, "Introductory Seminar In American Studies:
    Perspectives on the Past & Theoretical Directions
    " (Amst 601, Fall 2003), by Nancy Struna, read: Herbert Marcuse, "From Philosophy to Social Theory," from Reason & Revolution, 1941. <link, Apr. 2004>
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, "From Hegel to Marx and Marcuse" (GOVT396 SP, 1997-98). No instructor named, read: Marcuse, REASON AND REVOLUTION; HEGEL AND THE RISE OF SOCIAL THEORY; EROS AND CIVILIZATION; ONE-DIMENSIONAL MAN; AN ESSAY ON LIBERATION.
    As secondary literature: Lucio Colletti, "From Hegel to Marcuse," in FROM ROUSSEAU TO LENIN. <link, Jan. 2006>

Courses reading cover of Eros and CivilizationEros and Civilization (1955) (back to top)

  • Henry Flynt includes the following as background in his syllabus about "Art for the 'Hard Left' in the 60s": Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization (1955), Ch. 9, "The Aesthetic Dimension", Herbert Marcuse, Soviet Marxism (1958), pp. 129-135, Herbert Marcuse, "Art in the One-Dimensional Society" Arts Magazine, May 1967, Herbert Marcuse, The Aesthetic Dimension (1978) <link, Apr. 2004>
  • Michigan State, "Seminar in Contiental Philosophy: History and the Formation of Individuals," by Richard Peterson, Fall 2002, read Eros and Civilization <link, May 2005>
  • New York Institute of Technology, "Concepts in Philosophy" (Philosophy 110, Spring 2003), by Ben Hale, reading unclear <.doc syllabus, Apr. 2004>
  • Northwest Missouri, "Aesthetics" (offered 1996-2000), by Richard Field, read: Herbert Marcuse, "The Aesthetic Dimension," from Eros and Civilization (1955), pp. 157-79. <link, Apr. 2004>
  • UC Berkeley, "Introduction to Cultural Theory and Social Analysis" (Interdisciplinary Studies, Fall 2003), by Renate Holub, read: Marcuse, Eros and Civilization <link, Apr. 2004>

Courses cover of One-Dimensional Manreading One Dimensional Man (back to top)

  • Athabasca University (Open University, Alberta, Canada), "Contemporary Sociological Theory" (Sociology 337), read: One-Dimensional Man, with two essays: MacIntyre, Alasdair. 1970. "One Dimensional Man: The Critique of Contemporary Society." In Herbert Marcuse by Alasdair MacIntyre. New York: Viking Press. Rose, Brad. 1990. "The Triumph of Social Control: A Look at Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man 25 Years Later." Berkeley Journal of Sociology 35: 55-68. <link, Apr. 2004>
  • California State, Northridge, "Seminar in Textual Studies" (Communication Studies 604, Spring 1998), by Ben Attias, read: Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man. <link, Apr. 2004>
  • Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), "Modern European Intellectual History, Part II" (graduate seminar Hist 642), by Prof. Jerry Z. Muller, Spring 2001. <link, June 2005>
    • Apr.23 Radicalism Reformulated
      Marcuse, One Dimensional Man, Intro., pp.1-120, 218-259.
      Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975)
      Recommended: Primary Works
      Marcuse, Eros and Civilization (1955)
      Secondary Works:
      Alisdair Macintyre, Herbert Marcuse: An Exposition and a Polemic (1970)
      Leszek Kolakowski, Main Currents of Marxism, Vol. 3 (Oxford, 1978);
      H. Stuart Hughes, The Sea Change: The Migration of Social Thought, 1930-1965 (New York, 1975), ch.4;
      Rolf Wiggershaus, The Frankfurt School: Its History, Theories, and Political Significance (MIT, 1994)
  • Colorado College, "European Intellectual History," by Susan A. Ashley (faculty page)
    • syllabus: "Wed., May 4: Marcuse I: One-Dimensional Man, Discuss pts. 1-7
      Thurs., May 5 & Fri., May 6: Marcuse II: Discuss pts. 8-10"
  • Dartmouth College, "Alternative Political Theory," by Claudia Leeb, 2007 or 2008 (pdf syllabus; Leeb's CV)
  • Indiana Univ-Purdue/Fort Wayne, "Ethics" (Philosophy 111, Spring 2003), by Jeff Governale, read: Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man Beacon Press,1992. <pdf link, Apr. 2004>
  • Iowa State University, "Contemporary Sociological Theory" (2003) by Carl W. Roberts.
    Read ODM pp. 1-18, 106-114, 226-236, 250-257 (as pdf).
  • National University, "Self Under Siege: Philosophy in the 20th Century," by Rick Roderick
    • National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California
    • course available from the teaching company (course page)(8 lectures, 45 minutes/lecture)
      Course No. 420, $40, $16 sale price)
    • "Lecture 4 studies Herbert Marcuse, the most popular philosopher of the 1960s, and examines the two contradictions Marcuse sees as being at the heart of modernity.
      *It turns out not to be the case that the more we rid ourselves of myth and superstition the *less afraid we are in the face of the unknown.
      Instrumental rationality leads to irrational outcomes and dangers.
      We learn how Marcuse's practice of imminent critique suggests ways to eliminate these contradictions and allow humans to live a life with more freedom and solidarity."
    • Roderick received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Rutgers University/New Jersey, "The World Transformed ? – The 1960s from an International Perspective" (Spring 2003) by Martin Klimke, Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man (excerpt), in: Albrecht, Sixties Papers, 209-217. <link, Apr. 2004>
  • Sam Houston State University, Texas, "Seminar in Social Theory," by Alessandro Bonanno, Fall 2004. recommended reading [syllabus]
    • November 3-10 Varieties of New-Marxian Theory ((Modern Sociological Theory Chapter 4). Marcuse, One Dimensional-Man. Horkheimer, Traditional and Critical Theory.
  • Thiel College, Pennsylvania (?), "Contemporary Continental Philosophy," by Diane Bowser, April 2000. Has a detailed notes page with questions for ODM chaps. 1-4. [syllabus 6/05]
  • University of Southern California, "Contemporary Sociological Theory" (ca. 2001), by Mathieu Deflem, read: Marcuse, Herbert. 1964. "The New Forms of Control; The Triumph of Positive Thinking; Conclusion." Pp. 1-18, 170-199, 247-257 in his One-Dimensional Man. Boston: Beacon Press; Marcuse, Herbert. 1964. Negative Thinking: The Defeated Logic of Protest. Pp. 123-143 his One-Dimensional Man. Boston: Beacon Press. <link, Apr. 2004>
  • University of Washington School of Law/Seattle, "Critical Perspectives in Law" (Law A547, Fall 2001), by Louis E. Wolcher, read: The New Forms of Control, and Conclusion, in Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society (Boston: Beacon Press, 1966), 1-18, 247-57. <link, Apr. 2004>
  • Universität Mannheim, "Soziologische Zeitdiagnose" (Spring 2003) by Johannes Berger, read: Marcuse, Herbert (1991): Der eindimensionale Mensch. Köln, Kap. 1 u. 6; Marcuse, Herbert (1964): Industrialisierung im Werke Max Webers. In: ders., Kultur und Gesellschaft 2. Frankfurt a.M., S. 107-130. <link to archive copy, Apr. 2004>
  • University of Notre Dame, Indiana, "Radical Social Thought" (anthropology, 2003), by Greg Downey, had as a supplemental reading: Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man. <link, Apr. 2004>
  • Dickenson College/Carlisle, PA, "From Wall to Wall— Politics and Aesthetics in Germany and China" (German, Spring 2002), by Wolfgang Müller and David Strand, read: Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man (Introduction, Chapters 1 and 10) <link, Apr. 2004>
  • Kepler Universität Linz, "Herbert Marcuse: Die Ideologie der Industriegesellschaft der sechziger Jahre," Seminar aus Sozialphilosophie SS 1998 <title page, table of contents, May 2005>
  • US Naval Academy, "Political Philosophy," by Lt. Derek Reveron, Fall 2002. Marcuse's ODM is the topic of week 8. [syllabus, June 2005]

Courses reading Repressive Tolerance (1965) (back to top)

  • Brown University, Rhode Island, "Contemporary Moral Problems: Free Speech" (Phil 19, Spring 1996), by D. Estlund, read: Herbert Marcuse, Repressive Tolerance, (photocopy, in bookstore). <link, Apr. 2004>
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth, "Honors Seminar: Landmarks in Political Science: The Elitist-Pluralist Debate," Fall 2003 by Professor Stephen Chilton, read Repressive Tolerance in week 11. <link, May 2005>
  • University of Wisconsin School of Journalism, "Seminar in Mass Communication Law & Policy" (Spring 2003, Fall 2004) by Robert Drechsel, read: Herbert Marcuse, "Repressive Tolerance," in Robert Paul Wolff, Barrington Moore Jr. and Herbert Marcuse, A Critique of Pure Tolerance (Boston: Beacon, 1965) pp. 81-117. <link; Apr. 2004>

Courses Versuch ueber die Befreiungreading An Essay on Liberation (1969);
or other essays on liberation (back to top)

  • Georgetown, "Technoculture from Frankenstein to Cyberpunk," (English/Comm.Culture & Technology 449), 1997 by Prof. Martin Irvine, read Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization (excerpts) Herbert Marcuse, "The End of Utopia" (from Five Lectures) <link, May 2005>
  • See Harvey Mudd, "History of Western Philosophy," below.
  • The New School, New York City, "Rethinking Society: Justice, Diversity, and Social Transformation" (Fall 1998) by T. R. Quigley, read: An Essay on Liberation, Herbert Marcuse, Boston: Beacon Press, 1969 <link, Apr. 2004>
  • SUNY Albany, "Latinoamérica Y Los 60" (SPN 513, Spring 2001), by Ernesto Livon-Grosman, read: Herbert Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation (Mary Jane Books). <link, Apr. 2004>
  • University of Northern Colorado, "Senior Seminar: Irish Renaissance," Fall 2004 Herbert Marcuse, “Liberation from the Affluent Society,” Herbert Marcuse, “Repressive Tolerance,” as secondary works. <link, May 2005>
  • Washington University in St. Louis, "History of Modern Social Theory" by Howard Brink (Spring 2003), read "An Essay on Liberation". The professor has two pages of notes about this essay on-line (Essay notes 1, 2). (syllabus July 14, 2004)

Courses aesthetic dimension coverreading The Aesthetic Dimension (1978) (back to top)

  • Henry Flynt includes the following as background in his syllabus about "Art for the 'Hard Left' in the 60s": Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization (1955), Ch. 9, "The Aesthetic Dimension", Herbert Marcuse, Soviet Marxism (1958), pp. 129-135, Herbert Marcuse, "Art in the One-Dimensional Society," in: Arts Magazine, May 1967, Herbert Marcuse, The Aesthetic Dimension (1978) <link, Apr. 2004>

Courses with pages Harvey Mudd college page on Marcuse, 1997about Herbert Marcuse (back to top)

  • Harvey Mudd College in Pomona, California, " (lecture notes on Marcuse, Fall 1997) by Tad Beckman for his "Philosophy 104: History of Western Philosophy: The Contemporary Period," in which they read An Essay on Liberation.
    • See also course syllabus
    • From the syllabus: "Just as Heidegger and others have focused attention on Nietzsche, others have re-focused attention on Marx. Thoroughly detached from political Communism, philosophical Marxists have continued in the tradition of an historical critique of Capitalism. One of these critics, Herbert Marcuse, had a tremendous impact on the Counter-Cultural Movement of the 60s and 70s, in America, and ended his career teaching philosophy at the University of California, San Diego."
  • Hampshire College, Amherst Mass.
  • Thiel College, Pennsylvania (?), "Contemporary Continental Philosophy," by Diane Bowser, April 2000. [syllabus 6/05]
  • Washington University in St. Louis, "History of Modern Social Theory" by Howard Brink (Spring 2003), read "An Essay on Liberation".
    • The professor has two pages of notes about this essay on-line: Essay notes 1, 2.
    • syllabus [July 14, 2004]

Courses reading other works (back to top)

  • University of Colorado/Boulder, "Classical Sociological Theory" (Sociology 5001, Fall 2001), by Martha Giminez, read: "Industrialization and Capitalism in the Work of Max Weber," in Negations. Essays in Critical Theory. <link web archive: Aug. 2001-June 2004>
  • UConn/Storrs, "Introduction to Philosophy" ("for high school students," no date), by Mr. Brodie, read: Herbert Marcuse, "The New Forms of Control," Sidney Hook, Review of Marcuse <link, Apr. 2004>

Frankfurt School Courses (back to top)

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