Cymru a’r Byd Mawr (Wales and the Wider World)
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Wales has been shaped by the world around it, but it has also put its own mark on that wider world. This course will look at both sides of the coin by exploring the international dimension to Welsh history. More specifically, it will consider the experiences of Welsh emigrants overseas, the connections between Wales and the British Empire, and the influence of in-migration on Welsh communities. The three Saturday schools will cover three centuries, from the first significant emigration from Wales to the New World in the mid-1600s through the mass emigration of the late nineteenth century to the growth of a cosmopolitan Wales in the early twentieth century. In this way the course will examine how the experiences of the Welsh overseas were reported and influenced the life of communities back in Wales, and will examine the lives of Welsh men and women in both familiar locations (such as the coalfields and iron-making districts of the eastern USA), and in more unusual surroundings (such as the gold-fields of Australia or the prairies of Argentina). It will also investigate the influence of the outside world on Welsh culture, both via ideas brought into Wales on imperial pathways and via migrants from other parts of the globe.
Please note that this course is delivered in Welsh.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in history and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Exploring the Past pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Blackboard.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a 500-word review of an article or book chapter and a 1000-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- JONES, A. & JONES, B. Welsh Reflections: Y Drych and America, 1851-2001 (Llandysul, 2001).
- JONES, B., ‘‘Raising the Wind’: Emigrating from Wales to the USA in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’ (2004) -http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cymraeg/resources/RaisingTheWind.pdf
- WILLIAMS, C., EVANS, N. and O’LEARY, P. (goln.), A Tolerant Nation?: Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales (2003)
- MATTHEWS, G., ‘Miners, Methodists, and Minstrels: The Welsh in the Americas and their Legacy’ yn Michael Newton (gol.) Celts in the Americas (Cape Breton University Press, 2013)
- WILLIAMS, D. ‘“Cymry Ewyrth Sam”: Creu Hunaniaeth Gymreig yn yr Unol Daleithiau c.1860-1900’, yn Geraint H. Jenkins (gol.), Cof Cenedl XVI (2003)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
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