Module Information

Cod y Modiwl
Teitl y Modiwl
Blwyddyn Academaidd
Cyd-gysylltydd y Modiwl
Semester 2

Manylion y cyrsiau

Math o Ddysgu Manylion / Hyd Dysgu
Seminarau / Tiwtorialau 20 awr. (10 x 2 awr)

Dulliau Asesu

Math o Assessiad Manylion / Hyd Assessiad Cyfran
Asesiad Semester 1 x traethawd 2,500 o eiriau  30%
Asesiad Semester Cyflwyniad Seminar  10%
Asesiad Semester 1 x traethawd 5,000 o eiriau  60%


This module contributes to the Departmental provision in the Masters in Welsh Politics and Society. Its primary aim is to analyze and evaluate the philosophies and doctrines of some of the most renowned figures of Welsh history. The module represents a history of ideas, and will offer the opportunity for students to develop specialized knowledge of the key concepts and principles of these historic and historical individuals. Special emphasis will be given to analyzing these ideas within an international context, by considering the connections with the events and intellectual trends of the given era. The aim thereby is not only to enrich students' understanding, but also to emphasize how the Welsh have influenced, and been influenced by, the international sphere.

Disgrifiad cryno

This module will discuss and analyze significant Welsh beliefs, theories and visions that exhibit philosophical, political and spiritual aspects – and their relation with the world beyond Offa's Dyke. A range of figures are selected, reflecting in particular the Christian, Nationalist and Socialist traditions that have flourished over the centuries. In particular, the module seeks to ask whether there are particular values or ideas that draw together these traditions, questioning the reified assumption that radicalism is inherent to the Welsh psyche, and asking whether the idea of emancipation may present a credible alternative characterisation. Beginning with Pelagius' rejection of Augustine's doctrine of grace, we will focus on the emphasis in Welsh thought on the pursuit of self-improvement, freedom, and in some cases, utopianism. The ideas of key historical figures, over a vast period, will be considered – from the fourth to the twentieth century. There will also be the opportunity to reflect upon the consistencies and inconsistencies between the separate philosophies and eras under scrutiny, and to ask whether the wisdom of the Welsh, across the ages, echoes in contemporary Wales.


1. The Saints - Pelagius, Illtud and Dewi
2. Hywel Dda's Law
3. Glyndŵr's Vision
4. Richard Price and the American & French Revolutions
5. Robert Owen and Socialism
6. Non-Conformism, Radicalism, and the Young Wales Association
7. David Davies and World Peace
8. Bevan and the Welfare State
9. Raymond Williams' Cultural Theory
10. Gwynfor Evans: Nationalism & Pacifism


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