Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Introductory meeting and 6 x 2 hour seminars. Individual tutorials: one per essay together with pre-essay tutorials on demand. 12 hours seminars 3 hours tutorials 285 hours private study and writing = 300 hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Two assessed essays of 4,000 words, each of 50% weighting.  100%
Supplementary Assessment New essays are required, on topics different from those undertaken in any failed module, as per university regulations govening resits for modules with marks under 40% , or overall average of 50% 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. Identify the frameworks used by historians for researching and understanding the history of Wales in the period from 1700 to the present day.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant historiography, its evolution and the key problems currently addressed by historians in this field.
3. Discuss the interpretative problems and prospects associated with this field.
4. Illustrate, analyse and evaluate the historiography in an extended written discussion.


Academic rationale of the proposal:
This module equips students to navigate the key historiographical trends and undertake an appraisal of a number of influential historical interpretations of the history of Wales during the period from 1700 to the modern day.

Brief Description:
The core module takes a thematic approach. It introduces students to some of the key concepts and themes in the history and development of Wales since 1700. The first seminar is designed to be largely historiographical, providing students with an introduction to the ways in which historians have written about the Welsh past. The following five thematic seminars that make up the main body of this module are not intended to be chronological surveys of the topic, but are aimed at providing students with the necessary framework for understanding more detailed study in the option modules and dissertation that make up the rest of this MA. The themes have been chosen because they reveal important facets of historical writing about this period and have generated debate among historians.

1. Writing the History of Wales.
2. Urban Wales
3. Gender
4. Religion and Belief
5. Literacy and Print Culture
6. Labour History

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number None
Communication Seminar discussion and essay writing. The latter is formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar and tutorial discussion; tutors’ feedback.
Information Technology Locating some journal articles electronically. Surveying the historiography of the subject using various search tools. Essay-writing and presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning Studying the module puts students in direct contact with librarians at the National Library and elsewhere in the course of researching essays and the development of the historiography.
Problem solving Demonstrating an understanding of key themes in social and economic history, and how these approaches can be applied to the history of Wales since 1700. Assessed through the essays.
Research skills Mainly concerns the location of secondary material. Assessed through the essays.
Subject Specific Skills Studying the module puts students in direct contact with librarians at the National Library and elsewhere in the course of researching essays and the development of the historiography.
Team work Seminar work


This module is at CQFW Level 7