Module Identifier WH10220  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Aled G Jones  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Owen G Roberts  
Co-Requisite WH10120 Joint Honours students in Welsh History must also take WH10120.  
Mutually Exclusive HC10220  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment2 Hours Essay: Assessed mark based on two essays x 2,500 words  40%

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:
a) Identify and explain the key historiographical debates concerning political and social change in Wales during the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries;
b) demonstrate their knowledge of a wide range of social processes and movements, and the key role of individuals and organisations, in the transformation of modern Wales;
c) reflect critically on the role of the main political parties in the construction of a distinctively Welsh politics and polity in twentieth-century Wales;
d) analyse and evaluate a range of primary sources related to modern Wales;
e) gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence;
f) develop and sustain historical arguments - in both oral and written work;
g) work both independently and collaboratively whilst being able to participate in group discussions.

Brief description

This module aims to provide a succint introduction to the social and political history of Wales from 1868 to 1997. Beginning with the origins of the Liberal and Nonconformist domination of Wales, the module will provide students with an opportunity to study a turbulent period of complex and far-reaching social, economic and cultural, as well as political, transformation. This general conspectus will enable students to address questions of change, ideology and identity, and will provide a starting point for the study of modern Wales in Part Two of all Welsh History degree schemes. the module is available each year in both Welsh and English, and is open to all First Year students.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
John Davies (1993) A History of Wales
Hywel Francis and Dai Smith (1980) The Fed: A History of the South Wales Miners in the Twentieth Century
D Hopkin in DR Hopkin & GS Kealey (eds) Class Community and the Labour Movement in Wales and Canada (1989) The Great Unrest in Wales 1891-1913
I G Jones (1992) Mid-Victorian Wales: The Observers and the Observed Cardiff
K O Morgan (1981) Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980
K O Morgan (1980) Wales in British Politics, 1868-1922
Dai Smith (1984) Wales! Wales?

David Smith (1980) Tonypandy, 1910: Definitions of Community Past & Present vol.87

Ryland Wallace (1991) Organise! Organise! Organise! A Study of Regorm Agitations in Wales 1840--1886
Gwyn A Williams (1985) When was Wales? London


This module is at CQFW Level 4