Scientific communism

Scientific communism was one of the three major elements of Marxism–Leninism as taught in the Soviet Union in all institutions of higher education and pursued in the corresponding research institutions and departments.[1]

The discipline consisted in investigation of laws, patterns, ways and forms of class struggle, socialist revolution and development of socialism and construction of communism.


Passing exams in scientific communism was an obligatory prerequisite in obtaining any postgraduate scientific degree in the Soviet Union (see Candidate of Sciences for details). Typical courses of study included the following topics, among others:

Other components of Marxism–LeninismEdit


  1. ^ Oznobkina, Elena (28 October 2013). "Scientific Communism (Nauchnyi kommunizm)". Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Russian. Routledge. p. 548. ISBN 9781136787867.