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.
Courses and articles suitable for beginners that look at Welsh politics, society and culture from a variety of perspectives.
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.Try this course
Level 0 Beginner
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.Try this course
Level 0 Beginner
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.Read this article
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.Read this article