Module Identifier WH34130  
Module Title MODERN WELSH SOCIETY 1868-1950  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Paul B O'Leary  
Semester Semester 2  
Mutually Exclusive HC34130  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Essay: 2 essays (1 x 4,000 words, 1 x 2,500 words)  40%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge relating to developments in Welsh society in the period 1868-1950
b) Reflect critically on the relationship between fundamental social and economic change and wider social practices, and the creation of new social and political identities
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to the social history of modern Wales
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary texts
f) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
g) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
h) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Brief description

The aim of this module is to survey the main social, cultural and political changes in Welsh society from the 1860s. Among the themes discussed will be the rise and fall of Liberal Nonconformist Wales; the impact of two World Wars on society and the changes wrought by the inter-war depression; and the rise of the Labour movement.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
John Davies (1990) Hanes Cymru
K O Morgan (1981) Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980


This module is at CQFW Level 6