Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Modern Welsh Society 1868-1950
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 6 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   (1 x 3 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   1 x 3 hour supplementary (resit) examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge relating to developments in Welsh society in the period 1868-1950
b) Reflect critically on the relationship between fundamental social and economic change and wider social practices, and the creation of new social and political identities
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to the social history of modern Wales
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary texts
f) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
g) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
h) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

The aim of this module is to survey the main social, cultural and political changes in Welsh society from the 1860s. Among the themes discussed will be the rise and fall of Liberal Nonconformist Wales; the impact of two World Wars on society and the changes wrought by the inter-war depression; and the rise of the Labour movement.


To survey the main social, cultural and political changes in Welsh society from the 1860s.
To consider important themes in the modern history of Wales.
To develop an awareness of arguments and interpretations of historians of modern Wales.


1. Introduction
2. People and Place
3. Conflict in the Countryside: Rural Society, c.1870-1914
4. Wales, Industry and Town Life, 1870-1914
5. Building a Kingdom: Religion and Society
6. Separate Spheres? Women and Society
7. Language and Culture
8. Liberalism and Radicalism
9. Class and Community: Labour Politics, 1900-1914
10. The Great Unrest
11. Wales and World War One
12. After the Deluge: Post-War Society
13. Industrial Unrest, 1919-1926
14. The Deluge: Depression, 1925-39
15. Rural Society between the Wars
16. Dream Palaces? The New Media
17. Left of Centre: Labour and Communism in the 1930s
18. Wales and World War Two

1. Introduction
2. Rural Society, 1868-1914
3. Women in Wales, 1870-1914
4. Sport and Society
5. Wales and World War One
6. The Labour Party Challenge, 1900-14
7. The general Strike and the South Wales coalfield
8. The Interwar Depression and Wales
9. The Second World War and Wales
10. Conclusions

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
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 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 Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework and the written examination.
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 6