The Arts and Crafts Movement: Art and the Politics of Social Reform
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLDS 3011
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility
The Arts and Crafts Movement: Art and the Politics of Social Reform is a 3000-level seminar that explores the ideas that coalesced around what we now call the Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as the writings, organizations, objects, and buildings produced by its adherents. These philosophers, social critics, educators, and artists questioned how the machine and industrialization were transforming society in the nineteenth century. Believing that the world was afflicted by a fundamental brokenness, they emphasized the value of work done by human hands. Nothing less than the salvation of the world was at stake, and art, they believed, would lead the way to its deliverance. This course will examine how their efforts provided a critique of industrialization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Great Britain, Europe, and America.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.