Module Identifier WH33230  
Module Title SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN WALES 1660-1800  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Eryn White  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Mutually Exclusive HC33230  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment Essay   2 essays (1 x 4,000 words, 1 x 2,500 words)   40%  
  Exam   3 Hours   60%  

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge in the field of society and culture in Wales in the long eighteenth century.
b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of the revivals in education, religion and culture which influenced Wales during this period and their long-term significance.
c) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
d) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, in particular the discussion relating to ‘the Methodist interpretation of history’.
e) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
f) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
g) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

It has been suggested that this period witnessed the laying of the foundations of modern Wales. This module seeks to examine the changes and developments which contributed to this process. The eighteenth century was a period which experienced a series of revivals in terms of education, religion, culture and national identity, along with the emergence of the middling sorts in society and the first stirrings of political radicalism. We will also examine the role of certain prominent individuals in the shaping of Welsh identity. Griffith Jones, Howel Harris and Iolo Morganwg have each been acclaimed by different historians as the greatest Welshman of their age. Yet which of them in reality had the most profound and lasting effect on Welsh society and culture?

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Prys Morgan. (1981) The Eighteenth Century Renaissance.
G.H. Jenkins. (1987) The Foundations of Modern Wales.