Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

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 lectures (delivered twice a week) Lectures: 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 Seminars: 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
Seminars / Tutorials 5x 50 minute weekly seminars Tutorials of 10-15 minutes for each student Seminars: 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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment semester assessment  1 x 2, 500 word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   semester examination  2 hour examination  70%
Supplementary Assessment supplementary assessment  submit any failed coursework  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   supplementary examination  resit failed 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.

Brief description

This course is an introduction to modern Welsh history and the role of Wales in an international context. Through the study of key historical themes it will explore a variety of ways in which Wales is connected to the wider world beyond Britain. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century with the history of the Welsh in America and ending with devolution, it will chart both the impact of Wales and the Welsh across the globe, and a range of foreign influences on Wales. A key objective is to understand the similarities and differences between the Welsh experience and that of other nations in the modern period, whilst also developing a critical awareness and engagement with historical writing on the period.


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.

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