A History of Wales from the Iron Age to the 18th Century
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course is designed for those who know nothing about Welsh history during this period and those who know something but want to learn more. It offers a grounding in many aspects of Welsh history, including the Roman Invasion, the early Medieval Kingdoms, Tudor Wales, and the Civil Wars.
- Week 1 Prehistoric Wales: Paleolithic to the Iron Age
- Week 2 The Roman Invasion: Wales and the Roman Empire
- Week 3 Tyranus to conqueror: The Early Medieval Kingdoms
- Week 4 Medieval Wales: An end to Independence?
- Week 5 Rebellion: The rise of the Tudors
- Week 6 Unity?: Tudor Wales and the Acts of Union
- Week 7 A Golden Age: Elizabethan Wales
- Week 8 Dark Times: The Civil Wars to Commonwealth
- Week 9 A changing world: Wales in the age of enlightenment
- Week 10 Invasion scares and industrial hopes: War and industry
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge of the subject 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.
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.
You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work (1500 words). This may include a set of short responses to questions (such as a questionnaire or quiz) or a more extended essay.
The course tutor will suggest specific reading materials, but the following sources are recommended:
- Davies, John: A History of Wales (Penguin, rev. ed., 2007)
- Evans, Gwynfor: Land of My Fathers: 2000 Years of Welsh History (Y Lolfa, rev. edn. 2008)
- Fisher, Deborah: Who’s Who in Welsh History (Swansea: Christopher Davies, 1997)
- Jenkins, Geraint: A Concise History of Wales (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
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.