Deeply rooted in the time-honored tradition and legacy of Tongji University, the School of Marxism pursues excellent academic research, profound and far-reaching social consequences and higher educational standards. Up to now, with a comprehensive and sophisticated system of administration in place, the school has built a strong faculty with rational echelons of teachers and researchers, having laid a solid groundwork for further disciplinary development. The most recent decade has witnessed a growing body of important research outcome and substantial teaching reform and a steady yet striking turnout of outstanding students. Equally striking is the remarkable contribution the school has made to theorizing and publicizing the ideas and ideals advanced by the central and local governments and relating them to the university and beyond, having perfectly fulfilled its obligation of serving the community in particular and the society by and large and having therefore won wide acclaims from both within the academic sphere and without.
The school takes as its central educational philosophy “cultivating man of civic virtues and moral integrity”,striving to edify the students here into open-minded, enterprising, accountable and qualified personnel who are capable of shouldering the task of socialist construction and who are poised to perform their future work with Marxism as an analytical instrument or who are positioned to contribute to further Sinicizing Marxism by taking into account the Chinese reality.
Ideological and political education and value construction. Around these subjects researches are carried out along these dimensions: theories of and approaches to ideological and political education; values and contemporary social currents of thought; moral and rule of law construction; and ideological and political education in universities and colleges.
The prominent features running through these researches along these directions are: inquiries into the relationship between the core values of socialism and human’s comprehensive development (the development of whole person); explorations on the theories and practices concerning ideological and political education; investigations on the interplay between the transformations of thought currents in contemporary society and the shifts of university students’ value; studies on the rule of law education in universities and colleges; and studies on university students’ innovation and entrepreneurships. These studies have already formed a large cluster and exerted a considerable impact in the academia.
Political and economic development in modern and contemporary China and the social transformations. Researches are largely carried out along these dimensions: historical progressions of modern and contemporary China and the basic patterns or laws thereof; basic issues concerning China’s reform and development; theories and practices on the CCP’s governance.
Efforts along these dimensions have brought to fruition such distinctive works on the financial history of modern and contemporary China; history of the Chinese Resistance War against Japanese Invasion; the CCP’s leadership during the period of Democratic Revolution; the personages in the CCP’s history; construction of the CCP’s governing ability and its conduct; and China’s path to modernization.
Marxist classics studies and their application in the contemporary world. This field generates the ensuing research directions: classical works of Marxism and foundational theories of Marxism; Ideological theories of Marxism; the 21stcentury frontier issues concerning Marxism.
The salient research fruits yielded by the school’s faculty are featured by their organic combination of Marxist political and economic theories with China’s economic and developmental practices and coherent incorporation of studies on contemporary currents of Marxist philosophical thought with overseas Marxism studies.
Significant theoretical and practical issues concerning socialism with Chinese characteristics. In this field researches are mainly conducted along the following dimensions: foundational theories on the Sinicizing of Marxism; the state of the art theories and practical progressions of the Sinicizing of Marxism and the theoretical system of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
The research outcomes are mainly characterized by those on Xi Jinping’s New-Era Socialist Thought with Chinese characteristics; ecological civilization and sustainable development; “Five Notions of Development” and “Four All-Aspect Strategic Layouts”; and “Four Confidences”.