The School of Marxism of South China Normal University was officially established in 2012 on the basis of the Marxism-Leninism Teaching and Research Department of South China Normal College established in 1957, which developed into the Department of Ideological Education and Management (Department of Ideological Education) after the Reform and Opening-Up and became the Department of Ideological and Political Theory Teaching and Research by integrating the Moral Education Teaching and Research Department in 2000. The School became a Cooperation School of the Propaganda Department of the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee and South China Normal University in 2015, and was approved as a “National Key Marxist College”in 2019. In the same year, the Party Committee of the school was selected as the “Benchmark College (Department) of Party Building” in the Education System of Guangdong Province. The Xuanma Staff Party Branch was selected as the “National Model Branch of Party Building Work in Universities” in 2022.
The School is mainly responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate students in ideological and political theory courses and building the discipline of Marxist theory, and undertaking the task of cultivating undergraduate, master and doctoral students in Marxist theory and undergraduate students in ideological and political education (teacher training). It has the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era Research Center Base of the Ministry of Education, the National Ideological and Political Theory Course Teacher Training Base, the Ideological and Political work Training Center, the National “Hand in Hand” Collective Preparation Center for Ideological and Political Courses in Colleges and Universities, the Guangdong Provincial Key Think Tank Guangdong Party Construction Research Institution, the Guangdong Provincial Research Center for Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the Teaching and Research Base of Situation and Policy in Higher Education of Guangdong Province, etc. The discipline of Marxist Theory is a key discipline of Guangdong Province and a discipline for the construction of high level university. It was awarded the first batch of first-level discipline doctoral degree in 2006, and entered the A- level in the fourth round of discipline evaluation of the Ministry of Education in 2017. In 2018, it was selected as one of the key construction disciplines in Guangdong Province's Higher Education "Reaching the First Class, Making Up Shortcomings and Strengthening Special Features" Improvement Plan, and received an A-grade evaluation in the first round of inspection. Marxist Theory was selected as a national first-class undergraduate major construction point and a first-class undergraduate major construction point in Guangdong Province. The course of “Ethics and Rule of Law” is a national high-quality course and a national high-quality resource sharing course, and the course of "Social Practice of Ideological and Political Theory" is approved as a first-class undergraduate course in Guangdong Province. The course “Historical Process of Marxism in China and Young Students' Mission” was selected by the Ministry of Education as a collective action of “One Province One Policy on Ideological and Political Education Course”.
The school has 90 staff members, including 78 full-time teachers. There are 29 professors, 21 associate professors,and 90% of them have doctoral degree. One staff was selected as the distinguished professor of the “Changjiang Scholar” of the Ministry of education. Two staffs were selected as the leading talents in Philosophy and Social Sciences under the National Special Support Program for High-level Talents (ten thousand talents program). Two staffs were hired as Chief expert of Central Committee on Marxist theory research and construction project. One staff was selected as the Deputy Director of the General Teaching Instruction Committee of the Teaching Guidance Committee of the Ideological and Political Theory Course of the Ministry of Education and Director of the Sub-Teaching Instruction Committee of the Ministry of Education on “Outline of Modern Chinese History”. One staff was selected as the expert of the Discipline Planning Review group of NSFC. There are two “Four Batch” talents from the Ministry of Propaganda, one young talent in propaganda, ideology and culture from the Ministry of Propaganda, one “New Century Excellent Talents” support program from the Ministry of Education, two “National Excellent Young and Middle-aged Teachers of Ideological and Political Theory Classes in Universities” Funding Program from the Ministry of Education, three young talents in Theoretical Propaganda of Guangdong Province, one Famous Teacher Training Subject of Ideological and Political Theory Course in Guangdong Province, two experts receiving special allowances from the government of the State Council, one advanced worker in the national education system, one excellent social scientist in Guangdong Province, two excellent teachers in South Guangdong Province, one "Guangdong Youth May Fourth Medal", etc
Since 2012, faculty members have presided over 8 major projects of the National Social Science Foundation, 38 key projects and general projects of the National Social Science Foundation, 60 humanities and social science projects of the Ministry of Education and philosophical and social science planning projects of Guangdong Province. They have published more than 600 articles in Journals including China Social Science, Philosophy Research, Marxism Research and so on (many of them have been reprinted in Xinhua Digest and China Social Science Digest), and more than 50 theoretical articles in authoritative newspapers such as Seeking Truth, People's Daily and Guangming Daily, and published more than 30 academic monographs. Staffs won one “first prize” and two “second prize” for outstanding achievements in humanities and social sciences research in Chinese universities, and one “special prize”, six “first prize”, three “second prize” and two “third prize” for outstanding achievements in philosophy and social sciences in Guangdong Province.
Through all the storms, we are striving to be strong. Led by the school motto of “loyalty to faith, morality and cultivation”, the faculty and students of the School of Marxism will contribute their wisdom and strength to the construction of first-class disciplines, high-level university construction, new teacher training and the construction of Marxist disciplines and talent training in South China Normal University.