Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Wales and the World: Connections and Influences, 1860-2000
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 50 minute sessions
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 50 minute seminars
Seminars / Tutorials Individual 10-minute 'feedback tutorial' per written assignment submitted


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2, 500 word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam)  70%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   1 x 2 hour supplementary (resit) examination  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Develop an understanding of Welsh history in an international context between 1860 and the new millennium and recognise the main ideas and movements of the period and their effects on Welsh society.

Reflect upon and critically assess modern primary sources.

Discover and evaluate historical evidence and present argument in both written and oral form

Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Demonstrate the skills appropriate to the study of the history of Wales in this period and produce work in a professional manner.


The module is intended to extend the choice available to students wishing to study the history of Wales at Level I, including those following degree schemes in modern and contemporary history. Students will be introduced to central themes in the history of modern Wales and its external connections from the mid-nineteenth century until the turn of the millennium. It will provide a basis for the study of the history of Wales and the wider world in Part II.



1. Wales - 1860
2. The Welsh in the United States
3. Empire: People and Participation
4. 'The Welsh Colony': The Welsh in Patagonia
5. Missionaries: Religion, Wales and the Wider World
6. The Lure of Wales: Industrial Immigration
7. Yughesovka - Welsh Influences in the Ukraine
8. Crisis of Empire: 1914-1918
9. Labour in an International Context
10. Nationalism and the Establishment of Plaid Cymru
11. Internationalism, Fascism and Communism
12. The Welsh and World War II
13. The Welsh Language Society: International Influences
14. Popular Culture: Sports and Music
15. Celticism, Neo-Romantism and Tourism in Wales
16. Immigration to Wales in a Post-Colonialist World
17. Where is Wales? Europe of the Regions and Devolution at the beginning of the new Millennium
18. Conclusions

1. The Welsh in the Wider World in the Age of Empire
2. Migration and Immigration in the Industrial World
3. Wales and the 'Isms'. Ideologies in the Interwar Period
4. Soldier and POWs: Wales and the World Wars
5. Wales's Place in a Post-Colonial World

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and to make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.
Problem solving Identify and discuss historical problems and undertake relevant research to prepare for seminars and written assignments.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by critically assessing a range of texts
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop an awareness of appropriate sources and historical literature associated with study of the development of Wales in an international context.
Team work Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities..


This module is at CQFW Level 4