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Society and politics

Free courses and resources to paint a snapshot of current Welsh issues

Society and politics

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This section offers free courses and resources, provided by Open University and partner experts from Wales and beyond, to paint a snapshot of current Welsh issues.

  • Contemporary Wales

    Contemporary Wales

    This course 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.

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    Free course

    15 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • The long road to Welsh devolution

    The long road to Welsh devolution

    Graham Day, formerly Reader in Sociology at Bangor University and author of Making Sense of Wales (2002) reviews the various stages of constitutional change through which powers have been devolved to Wales from the UK government since the 1990s. He notes how the gradual extension of the powers of the Welsh Government, necessary to provide a workable and settled solution, has been accomplished through a remarkable democratic transition. As emphasis moves now from constitutional reform to the tangible benefits of devolved governance in Wales, he also provides an assessment of some of the achievements of the Welsh Government.

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    Free course

    10 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • The transformation of work in Wales

    The transformation of work in Wales

    In Wales in recent decades there has been a dramatic transformation of patterns of work and employment. Dr Hugh Mackay delves deeper.

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  • Wales: culture and identity

    Wales: culture and identity

    Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Here you will find a collection of 6 podcasts exploring these themes.

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