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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 between1780-1945. 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:

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 video and/or 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.

Reading suggestions

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 HN385.C2
John Davies, A History of Wales WG4.D
David Dunkerley and Andrew Thompson (eds), Wales Today (1999) WG9.W
Trevor Herbert & Gareth Elwyn Jones (eds.), People and Protest: Wales 1815-1880 WG4.2P
Trevor Herbert & Gareth Elwyn Jones (eds.), Wales 1880-1914  & Wales Between the Wars WG4.2W
Trevor Herbert & Gareth Elwyn Jones (eds.), Post-War Wales WG4.W
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 WG 4.2J
Gareth Elwyn Jones & Dai Smith (eds.), The People of Wales (1999) WG4.P
Kenneth O. Morgan, Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980 (1980) WG4.2M
Gwyn A. Williams, When Was Wales? (1985)  WG4.8W
Chris Williams, Capitalism, Community and Conflict: The South Wales Coalfield, 1898-1947 WG8.W
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 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.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.