Re-igniting the Dragon
Re-igniting the Dragon: Wales since 1939 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
- Wales and the Second World War
- Austerity Forties, reconstruction and `Welfare Wales’?
- From skiffle to punk: Social and economic change 1950-1980
- 'Life in a Welsh Countryside' (rural Wales and farm life)
- 'Welcome to Sunny Rhyl': Tourist Wales and the role of festivals
- Labour Wales
- 'Conservative' Wales?
- Plaid Cymru and political nationalism
- 'The Dragon has Two Tongues' - language and identity in Wales
- We'll keep a welcome in the hillside: protest, paramilitaries and immigration
- 1980s Wales (Miners' Strike, privatisation, S4C etc)
- 'Good morning Wales': Devolution referenda and campaigns (Workshop)
- 'Blair's Babe'?: Politics, pop and society in post-devolution Wales
- Field trip: 1 day visit to the National Library of Wales to access archival collections of relevance to the module. This can be linked to the blog assessment.
- Address the complexity of reconstructing the past, and the problematic and varied nature of studying both national and sub-national history.
- Analyse primary sources in the course of producing written assessments.
- Comprehend and validate how the period has been portrayed in specified secondary sources.
- Demonstrate a familiarity with a wide range of primary sources and understand their historiographical significance.
- Demonstrate an understanding of social, political and cultural change during this period in Wales.
- Develop and sustain historical arguments and academic debate on particular aspects of the period.
BLOG ENTRY TASK: The blog task will be separated into two components, of roughly equal length (i.e. c. 1,250 words each). They should be submitted together, as a blog bundle. Both should be referenced, and the assignment should also include a thorough bibliography. Historiography should be incorporated where relevant. YEAR 3 STUDENTS SHOULD INCORPORATE PRIMARY SOURCES INTO THEIR ENTRY : this is a vital part of the assessment. Part 1 1. Select ONE person that you feel has made a pivotal contribution to Wales in the post-1939 period, and build an argument explaining why you feel this person is historically important. Part 2 2. Select ONE place, landmark or building that you felt has had a formative impact on Wales in the post-1939 period, and build an argument explaining why you feel it's historically important.
The assessed essay of c. 2,500 words gives the scope for students to demonstrate their in-depth understanding of Welsh history post-1939, and to develop historical arguments based on historiography and comparative perspectives. It is an opportunity for students to explore a range of materials and to form evidence based, judicious conclusions. It is imperative that Year 3 students make extensive use of primary sources in the essay.