SOCI327: 3

Relevant Media:

  • The full text of Robert Owen‘s ‘Observations on the Effect of the Manufacturing System With Hints for the Improvement of Those Parts of it Which are Most Injurious to Health and Morals’ from the early 19th century, as mentioned in this session, is available at Google Books.
  • Towards the end of this session, the influence of Matthew Arnold’s thought on current education policy in the UK is briefly considered. In 2013, then Education Secretary Michael Gove encouraged teenagers not to send each other explicit text messages, but rather to use a new app (developed by a friend of the Prime Minister) to send each other Arnold’s poems instead.

Cultural Guide:

This painting memorialises two wealthy, educated and powerful young men. On the left is Jean de Dinteville, aged 29, French ambassador to England in 1533. To the right stands his friend, Georges de Selve, aged 25, bishop of Lavaur, who acted on several occasions as ambassador to the Emperor, the Venetian Republic and the Holy See. […] Both men were closely involved in the political and religious turmoil sparked by the Reformation and the painting may reflect their concern about the uncertainties of the time.

reveals his thoughts behind the [2007] construction of For the Love of God, his £50m platinum and diamond skull sculpture.