Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Understanding Wales in an Age of Global Transformation
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment 1 x 4,000 word essay  60%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,000 word essay  40%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 4,000 word essay  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of key global transformations and their effects on social, economic and political change in Wales
2. Discuss the main contemporary intellectual debates associated with social, economic and political change in Wales
3. Critically evaluate key contemporary intellectual debates on how major global transformations have played out in Wales
4. Reflect on the strengths of different disciplinary perspectives to Understanding Wales
5. Relate the implications of discussions regarding Wales to a broader empirical or theoretical contexts

Brief description

This multi-disciplinary module introduces students to how contemporary major global transformations play out at the sub-state level in the specific Welsh context. It examines the effects of changes in three areas: economic and social change, state restructuring, migration and identity. These areas are approached through different disciplinary perspectives that provide valuable frameworks to understand these global transformations, their implications and key intellectual debates that surround them in the Welsh context. It also provides a context to reflect on the different disciplinary perspectives and the key concepts and theoretical frameworks that they deploy.


Topics to be covered in the module include
Part One - Understanding key contemporary global changes
When Was Wales? : Introducing key disciplinary perspectives and the context of multi-disciplinary research

Part Two
Economic and Social Change
Industrial and Postindustrial Wales
Wales and health: the legacy
Urban and rural Wales
Wales and the changing nature of community, civil society and social capital

Structural and Political Change
Rescaling and the restructured state
Territorial politics and Multi-level Governance

Migration and the Politics of Identity
Intranational and global migration
The politics of identity and belonging: land and Language
Ethnic diversity and a multicultural Wales

Conclusion: Summary and Reflection on key debates in Understanding Wales

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Some engagement with quantitative data and basic statistical analysis may be introduced in relation to some seminar topics
Communication Students will learn how to present their ideas both verbally and in writing and how to present their arguments most effectively. They will learn the importance of information and clear communication and how to exploit these. They will know how to use the many sources of information available and how to use the most appropriate form of communication to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in their writing and speaking and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. Students will also be required to submit their written assessments in word-processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance The module aims to promote self-management but within a context in which support and assistance is available from both the module convenor and fellow students alike. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding (under guidance) the direction of their coursework and presentation topics.
Information Technology Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format, via the on-line platform Blackboard. Also, students will be encouraged to search for sources of information on the web, as well as seeking sources through electronic information sources.
Personal Development and Career planning This module is designed to hone and test skills of use to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking to small groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statements of others. Moreover, the written work includes writing clearly and concisely, which is a common task in the workplace. Students will be encouraged throughout to reflect on their performance and to consider lessons for future application.
Problem solving Independent work and problem solving will be a central goal of the module; the preparation of two assessed pieces of written work will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and formulate an answer to the problem; reason logically; construct theoretical arguments; divide issues into smaller problems.
Research skills Students will be required to undertake independent research for elements of the assessed work. This will involve utilizing a range of information sources, including core academic texts.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: • Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module • Evaluate competing perspectives • Apply a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary social and political problems.
Team work The classes will include problem-solving exercises and group discussions which will provide opportunities for students to develop team-working skills and discuss their thoughts with the class.


This module is at CQFW Level 7