A History of South Wales from the Industrial Revolution to the 20th Century
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course is an introduction to the history of the South Wales region between 1780 and 1945. It will explore a wide range of topics including industrialisation, urbanisation, migration, popular protest, politics and religion, education, poverty, health and expressions of culture and identity.
Topics covered include:
- South Wales in the late 18th Century
- The industrial revolution
- Population Growth and immigration
- Management and Labour
- Politics & Protest
- Education, health, & poverty
- Religion & non-conformity
- Cultural & national identity
- Sports & entertainment.
- South Wales in the twentieth century
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge is assumed.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include group discussion, exercises, source analysis and presentation of material on PowerPoint and DVD. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations. You may write an essay or other equivalent written assignments (such as a portfolio of shorter written exercises) to a total of 1500 words, demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material.
you may have class tests. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Any of the following items:
- Atkinson and Colin Baber, The Growth and Decline of the South Wales Iron Industry 1760-1880 (Cardiff 1987)
- Colin Baber and David Howell, ‘Wales’, in F. M. L. Thompson (ed.), The Cambridge Social History of Britain 1750-1950: Vol.1
- John Davies, A History of Wales (rev. 2007)
- David Dunkerley and Andrew Thompson (eds), Wales Today (1999)
- Trevor Herbert & Gareth Elwyn Jones (eds.), People and Protest: Wales 1815-1880
- Trevor Herbert & Gareth Elwyn Jones (eds.), Wales 1880-1914 & Wales Between the Wars
- Trevor Herbert & Gareth Elwyn Jones (eds.), Post-War Wales
- A H. John, The Industrial Development of South Wales 1750-1850 (Cardiff, 1950, 2nd edn 1995)
- Philip Jenkins, A History of Modern Wales 1536-1990
- Gareth Elwyn Jones & Dai Smith (eds.), The People of Wales (1999)
- Kenneth O. Morgan, Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980 (1980)
- Gwyn A. Williams, When Was Wales? (1985)
- Chris Williams, Capitalism, Community and Conflict: The South Wales Coalfield, 1898-1947
- Kenneth O. Morgan, Rebirth of a Nation, Wales 1880-
- R. H. Walters, The Economic and Business History of the South Wales Steam Coal Industry 1840-1914
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.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.