Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 2 essays (1 x 4,000 words, 1 x 2,500 words)  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   60%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge in the field of modern Welsh history, particularly in relation to events, processes and the development of ideologies on the European continent, the British Empire and the United States of America.
b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of political texts, contemporary analysis and more recent historical studies of the connections between Wales and developments in a variety of fields, especially the growth of nationalism.
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to historical demography, imperial and postcolonial studies, and the analysis of means of communication.
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence from pamphlets, newspaper reports, census figures and other statistical sources.
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, in particular studies of ethnic mobilisation, colonialism and culture.
f) Explore the relationships between history and other disciplines, particularly political theory, sociology, literary criticism and cultural studies.
g) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
h) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
i) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

The aim of this option module is to introduce students to the international contexts of Welsh political thought and concepts of nationality from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War. It will focus on connections between the work of key individuals (from William Price and the Welsh Chartists, through Hiraethog and O.M.Edwards to Ambrose Bebb and Saunders Lewis) and events, ideologies and political trends in Britain and Europe. The module will also familiarise students with the critical use of contemporary source material in Welsh and English, as appropriate.


This module is at CQFW Level 6