Labour Studies (LBST) 472

Labour and Socialist Thought in the Later Industrial Revolution, 1850-1917 (Revision 1)

LBST 472 course cover

Permanently Closed, effective October 9, 2015.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Reading course - Social Science

Prerequisite: LBST 471 or HIST 471. This course is a sequel to LBST 471 and is primarily intended for students in the last stage of a BA major in Labour Studies or History.

Precluded Course: LBST 472 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 2 different disciplines—HIST 472. LBST 472 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 472 or HIST 400.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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LBST 472 has a Challenge for Credit option.


LBST 472 is an advanced-level course designed for students who have already completed LBST 471, and who wish to continue to study in depth the goals and fortunes of the European labour movement in the second half of the nineteenth century and in the early 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 the later thought of Marx and Engels, nineteenth-century British trade-unionism, Christian socialism, the revisionist controversy, social democratic reformism, revolutionary syndicalism, and revolutionary Marxism.


  • Unit 1: The Labouring Classes in the Later Industrial Revolution, 1850-1914
  • Unit 2: Christian Socialism in the 19th Century
  • Unit 3: Anarchism and Populism
  • Unit 4: Karl Marx, 1850-1883
  • Unit 5: Friedrich Engels, 1850-1895
  • Unit 6: The First Marxist Disciples
  • Unit 7: Fabianism, Possibilism, and the Revisionist Controversy
  • Unit 8: Georges Sorel and Revolutionary Syndicalism
  • Unit 9: The Second International and Parliamentary Socialism
  • Unit 10: Austro-Marxism and Revolutionary Marxism


To receive credit for LBST 472, 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
30% 30% 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.

Kolakowski, Leszek. 1978. Main Currents of Marxism, Volume 2: The Golden Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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 472 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 January 22 2016 by SAS