Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert Owen, seen by some as a visionary and by others as a knave and a charlatan, sought to address in the early 1800s. This free course, Robert Owen and New Lanark, uses a series of essays written by Owen to explore the ideas of this important and controversial figure.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
understand the Enlightenment ideas that underpinned Robert Owen's social reform agenda
understand how Owen's background and experience at New Lanark fed through into his thinking in the essays in A New View of Society
understand the main proposals in the essays
understand New Lanark's role as a model for social reform during this period.