Readers may be interested to know that the University of Kent has a course on Marxism as part of a 'Social Sciences' degree. No doubt there's a good reason for this but it's puzzling how the course aims to
"enable [students] to assess both the contemporary and historical significance of Marxism in world politics"
"Students are not expected to demonstrate any detailed knowledge of the history of Marxist-inspired governments, regimes or political movements"
We wouldn't want any practical experience to influence our discussion of the historical significance of Marx. Might give us the wrong impression.