|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||22 Hours. 1 x 2 hour seminars per week|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||2 x 3,000 word essays (worth 50% each) Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.||100%|
On completing the module students will be able to:
- critically analyse, assess and evaluate the central intellectual debates concerning the politics and society of contemporary Wales;
- critically analyse, assess and evaluate the relationship between the positions held in those debates and the available empirical data, including historical, political and sociological analyses; and,
- analyse and assess the light shed on the the Welsh situation - and the debates about this situation - through consideration broader, comparative contexts.
This module provides an overview of the sociological, political and constitutional contexts that underpin life in contemporary Wales. It is a core module for students on the 'Specialist' pathway of the 'Wales: Politics and Society' degree programme.
- the central intellectual debates concerning the politics and society of contemporary Wales;
- the relationship between the positions held in those debates and the available empirical data, including historical, political and sociological analyses; and,
- the light shed on the the Welsh situation - and the debates about this situation - through consideration broader, comparative contexts.
Combining both empirical and conceptual elements, the module aims to critically explore key issues in the politics and society of Wales including: institutional development; the evolution of the party structure; the impact of economic peripheralisation; the complex (dialectical?) relationship between integration and devolution; the relationship between nationality, class and social values (the much-vaunted 'radical tradition'); patterns of national identity in Wales; the location of power in Welsh life; and regional differentation within Wales. Throughout the module reference is made to comparative material in order to provide a broader framework for understanding the Welsh situation.
15 ECTS credits
Gwyn A Williams When Was Wales? Primo search Kenneth O Morgan Rebirth of a Nation Primo search Michael Hechter Internal Colonialism Primo search Tom Nairn Break-up of Britain Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 7