Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Wales since 1945
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 hr seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 2 - 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment Essay 1 - 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Semester Examination - 3hr closed examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment - essay 1  25%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment - essay 2  25%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Supplementary Examination  50%

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 and contemporary Welsh history
b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of a range of political, social and cultural issues relating to the history of modern Wales
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to the investigation of government, political parties, pressure groups and social movements.
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence from secondary and statistical sources
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, in particular books and articles, but also newspapers, pamphlets, printed correspondence and Parliamentary papers
f) Explore the relationships between history and other disciplines, particularly political science, sociology and language theory
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

This module will enable students to explore the major social, cultural and political changes that have taken place in Wales since the end of the Second World War. At one level it will address the ways in which one region of the United Kingdom was transformed by structural economic change, and how its people responded to that process. At another, it will examine the means by which political and cultural institutions moulded new, and at times contradictory, forms of national identity. Finally, concepts of political representation and leadership will be placed in the context of current historical and sociological writing on modern Wales.

Reading List

Recommended Text
E. Hobsbawm & T. Ranger (1983) The Invention of Tradition Primo search T. Herbert & G.E. Jones (1988) The Remaking of Wales in the Eighteenth Century Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6