Earn 6 credit hours, graduate or undergraduate, in Appalachian studies, anthropology, history, or political science.
Postindustrial Wales exposes students to community-based responses to political, economic and cultural transformations in Welsh society following the final contraction of heavy industry in the 1980s. Students should develop an understanding of the variation in responses to socioeconomic change through community-based research projects, meetings with political activists and officials at various levels of government, visitation to cultural events and tourist sites, invited lectures with Welsh scholars, and general interaction in Welsh society. The course is organized around a month-long internship program in the south Wales village of Ystradgynlais. Students engage with with area community development organizations, local cultural institutions and businesses. Through these and other activities, the course objective is to encourage students to build career skills and analyze the multi-faceted character of community responses to 'postindustrialism' from a cross-cultural perspective.
The projected itinerary also involves travel to and experience of:
- Cardiff, the capitol of Wales, including the National Assembly for Wales
- Museum visits
- The Brecon Beacons National Park for hiking
- Powys for a farm tour and the nearby village of Hay-on-Wye
- Castles and beaches of the south Wales coast
- Industrial heritage tourism sites
- Celtic music jam sessions and cultural events
- A two-day stay in London at the trip's end