- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Rugby – an introduction to contemporary Wales
- 2 Place and belonging
- 3 Work
- 4 Gender and ‘race’
- 5 Class
- 6 Nationalism and the Welsh language
- 6.1 Language and identity
- 6.2 Welsh language and nationalism
- 6.3 Nationalism
- 6.4 Conclusion
- 7 Labour traditions
- 8 Political representation
- 8.1 A history of political representation in Wales
- 8.2 Broadening engagement and participation in Welsh politics
- 8.3 Conclusion
- 9 Cultural representation
- 10 Unit conclusion
- Further reading
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This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary...
This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society, politics and culture of Wales, providing a wealth of up-to-date evidence that is organised around core social science concepts and theories, to help you make sense of a changing nation.
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
- understand some key social sciences concepts, e.g. divisions, identities, representation, to provide a broad introduction to social science subjects
- understand core concepts of how post-war Wales is ordered, governed and subject to social change
- understand the diversity, inequalities and differences in Wales and their implications for political movements and identities
- use evidence and argument to compare and critique different approaches to understanding contemporary Wales
- understand how Social Science concepts and approaches can be used to deconstruct common sense understandings of issues concerning Wales.
D172: Contemporary Wales
This unit addresses both the differences that are found in Wales and the connections that are forged across these differences. It explores differences of place, gender, ‘race’, class and work; and the connections of nationalism and the Welsh language, Labour traditions, political representation and cultural representations that bridge these differences. Exploring difference and connection, the unit, written by leading experts, provides an authoritative and up-to-date account of the economy, society, politics and culture of contemporary Wales, using a wide-range of engaging case studies.
You will learn about what is distinctive about Wales and Welsh identity; how the National Assembly has transformed the democratic system in Wales; the meaning of the ‘clear red water’ that separates Welsh Labour from Labour at Westminster; how the Welsh economy has been restructured following the closure of coal mining; the significance of the Welsh language today; whether Wales is classless compared with the rest of the UK; and how television programmes like Dr Who and Gavin and Stacey represent important dimensions of contemporary Wales.
This unit is an adapted extract of The Open University course.