How Wales Works: An Introduction to Welsh Public Life and Government
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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How Wales Works will introduce students to a number of key areas in Welsh Public life. The module begins by exploring how Wales is governed and what devolution means in practice, and will then consider concepts such as democracy and representation, as well as looking at how political parties, the civil service and the voluntary sector contribute to policy-making. Students will also consider how influences outside of Wales shape its governance, looking at factors such as the European Union, the Media and the UK government
Who is this course for?
All those who have an interest in the voices which get heard in Wales, and those interested in Wales in a variety of contexts.
Learning and Teaching
The course will be delivered through a mix of participative lectures, seminars and debates. Students will develop and practice presentation and debating skills, as well as developing skills in informational analysis and use of evidence to prepare a rationale and reasoned argument.
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.
Presentation / Report on one aspect of Welsh government. Students will be asked to identify an aspect of public life or policy (e.g. tuition fees, welsh newspapers, UK membership of the EU, etc) and make a case for whether they think the current governance arrangements for Wales are suitable, or whether this area would benefit from more or less devolution, or even independence from the UK. Students will be expected to provide a reasoned argument for their position based upon the course content and individual research and study.
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.
Students interested in Welsh affairs may wish to access www.clickonwales.org/ a good blog on Welsh issues hosted by the Institute for Welsh Affairs
Students may wish to explore the following texts:
- Wyn Jones, R. & Scully, R. (2012) Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Referendum Cardiff: University of Wales Press
- Rawlings, R. (2002) Delineating Wales: Constitutional, Legal & Administrative Aspects of National Devolution Cardiff: University of Wales Press
- Trench, A. (2007) Devolution and Power in the United Kingdom Manchester: Manchester University Press
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you must 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.