This free 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.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, 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.
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