Labour Studies (LBST) 471

Labour and Socialist Thought in the Early Industrial Revolution, 1800-1850 (Revision 1)

LBST 471 course cover

Temporarily closed, effective October 10, 2014.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Reading course - Social Science

Prerequisite: None. It is strongly recommended that students have credit in HIST 470 or LBST 470, to which this course is a sequel. This course is primarily intended for students in the last stage of a BA in either Labour Studies or History.

Precluded Course: LBST 471 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 2 different disciplines—HIST 471. LBST 471 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 471 or HIST 400.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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LBST 471 has a Challenge for Credit option.


LBST 471 is an advanced level course designed for students who have already completed HIST 470, and who wish to continue to study in depth the goals and fortunes of the European labour movement before the twentieth century. The course examines both the ideas of leading socialist intellectuals and the attitudes and values of rank-and-file members of the labour movement. It thereby attempts to combine a traditional approach to the history of ideas with the newer study of working-class popular culture.

Among the topics treated in the course are Ricardian Socialism, Owenism, Saint-Simonism, Fourierism, Icarianism, Chartism, French Social Republicanism, German Utopian Socialism, Proudhonism, and the origins of Marxism.


  • Unit 1: The Labouring Classes in the Early Industrial Revolution
  • Unit 2: The Founding Fathers of French Socialism
  • Unit 3: French Socialism in the 1830s and 1840s
  • Unit 4: The Making of British Socialism
  • Unit 5: British Socialism and Chartism in the 1830s and 1840s
  • Unit 6: The Beginnings of German Socialism
  • Unit 7: The Genesis of Marxism, 1842-1844
  • Unit 8: Early Marxism, 1845-1850


To receive credit for LBST 471, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Essay 1 Essay 2 Final Exam Total
25% 35% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Kolakowski, Leszek. 1978. Main Currents of Marxism, Volume 1: The Founders. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stafford, William. 1987. Socialism, Radicalism and Nostalgia: Social Criticism in Britain, 1755-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Taylor, Keith. 1982. The Political Ideas of the Utopian Socialists. London: Frank Case.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, a student manual, and a book of readings.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the LBST 471 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the entire challenge examination.

Part I: Exam Part II: Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, July 2, 2004.

Updated May 20 2016 by SAS