The School of Marxism at South China Normal University，was started from the Marxism Leninism Teaching and Research Office of South China Normal University in 1957. After the Reform and Opening-up, the school has developed into the Department of Ideological Education and Management. Then, it became the Teaching Department of Ideological and Political Theory by integrating the teaching and research section of moral education in 2000. In 2012, the School of Marxism was officially established. The school is mainly responsible for the teaching of ideological and political theory courses for undergraduates and postgraduates, and in charge of the discipline construction of Marxist theory, as well as undertake the talent training task of doctoral, master, undergraduate in Marxist theory discipline and undergraduate in ideological and political education (normal) discipline.
In 2015, the school became a Cooperation School built by the Propaganda Department of Guangdong Provincial Party Committee and South China Normal University. It was selected as the "National Key Marxist College Construction" in 2019. The school has the right to confer doctorate and master's degree in the first level discipline of Marxist theory, it also has the Post-Doctoral Mobile Station of Marxist theory. The school has the Xi Jinping's the New Era of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics of the Ministry of Education Research Center Base, the National Ideological and Political Theory Course Teacher Training Base , the Ideological and Political work Training Center, it also has the Guangdong Provincial key think tank Guangdong Party Construction Research Institution, the Guangdong Provincial Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics Research Center , and the Marxist Research Institution.The Marxist theoretical discipline of the school is key disciplines in Guangdong Province, and entered “A” level of Ministry of education in 2017. In 2018, the discipline was selected as the key construction discipline of Guangdong Province's higher education promotion plan of "striving for first class, making up for weaknesses and strengthening characteristics", it also ranked in the top 5% of the best disciplines of soft science of Shanghai, in 2019 and 2010.
The college has 66 staff members, including 59 full-time teachers. There are 24 professors, 18 associate professors, 18 lecturers in the school, and fifty of them have Ph.D. The school has two leading talents in philosophy and Social Sciences under the national special support program for high-level talents (ten thousand talents program).
One person was selected as the distinguished professor of the “Changjiang Scholar” of the Ministry of education. Two persons was hired as Chief expert of Central Committee on Marxist theory research and construction project, eight persons hired as key members. One person was selected as the expert of the discipline planning review group of NSFC. Two experts enjoying special government allowance of the State Council. One person won the title of “Advanced Worker in the National Education System”. Two persons are "four one batch" talents from the Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee. One person was selected as young talent of Propaganda Department of CPC Central Committee. One member was won the Ministry of education's "new century talents" support program. There is one member of the Teaching Steering Committee of Marxist theory major in Colleges and universities of the Ministry of education, and one member of the national ideological and Political Theory Teaching Steering Committee of colleges and universities. Two persons has won the “national excellent young and middle-aged ideological and political theory teachers preferential subsidy program”by the Ministry of Education. One person is Guangdong Province excellent social scientist. One person as Guangdong Province excellent teacher. Two persons are Guangdong Province theory propaganda young outstanding talents. One person are Guangdong Province ideological and political theory course teacher training object, and two are backbone teacher training object.
Since 2012, the faculty has presided over 6 major projects of NSFC, and other 23 key projects, general projects, youth projects and later stage funded projects of the National Social Science Fund. There are 3 projects specially entrusted by the National Social Science Fund for Marxist theoretical research and construction projects. The school has undertaken 55 scientific research projects，including humanities and social science projects of the Ministry of education and philosophy and social science planning projects of Guangdong Province. The school publishes more than 400 papers in the high level journals which including “Chinese Social Sciences”, “Philosophical Research”,“ Studies on Marxism”, “Educational Research”, “CPC History Studies
”and “Seeking Truth”. Many articles were reprinted by “Xinhua Digest” and “Chinese Social Science Digest”. More than 20 academic monographs have been published. The school has won 1 first prize and 2 second prizes for outstanding achievements in Humanities and Social Sciences Research of Chinese universities, and 6 first prizes, 5 second prizes and 2 third prizes for outstanding achievements in philosophy and social sciences of Guangdong Province, and 2 second prizes for outstanding teaching achievements of Guangdong Province. “Ideological and Moral Cultivation and Legal Basis" was approved as “National Excellent Course” in 2009 and as “National Excellent Resource Sharing Course” in 2013. “Basic Principles of Marxism” and “Mao Zedong Thought and the Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” are excellent courses of Ideological and Political Theory Course in Guangdong Province. “Social Practice of Ideological and Political Theory" is a first-class undergraduate course of social practice in Guangdong Province.
The school has a department of Marx theory (Ideological and Political Education Department), as well as eight teaching and research sections which includes Marxist Basic Principles, Mao Zedong Thought and the Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Outline of Modern Chinese History, Ideological and Moral Cultivation and Legal Basis, Situation and Policy, Social Practice of Ideological and Political Theory Course, Ideological and political theory course for Postgraduates. The school has three offices: Party and government office, student affairs office and reference room.
Go through the storm and work hard. Under the guidance of the motto of "loyalty to faith, morality and talent cultivation", the staff of Marxism school will contribute wisdom and strength to the construction of first-class discipline ang high-level university, to the construction of New Normal University and Marxism discipline , also to the talent training of South China Normal University.