(Short Course) Historical Frontiers: From Hadrian's Wall to the US-Mexican Border

Hadrians Wall

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Why choose? this course?

In the current political climate discussions around borders and frontiers is becoming ever more topical. Join our course to learn more about how these issues have been discussed and dealt with in the past and how this can help inform our future.

Key course features

  • Consider a series of ‘border’ case studies crossing geographical and chronological space – from Hadrian’s Wall to the US-Mexican border - and their impact on society and culture.
  • Emphasis on source evaluation and critical thinking.
  • A great route to further study, on our BA (Hons) Social & Cultural History programme.

What you will study

You will learn about locating frontiers, boundaries and linear barriers in time and place and will have a chance to explore the issues of not only on a local but also international scale.

  • Hadrian’s Wall and Roman frontiers in Britain

  • Offa’s Dyke and Wat’s Dyke: Dark Age frontier works in the Welsh Marches

  • The Great Wall of China: a defended frontier in Asia

  • The Berlin Wall and the US-Mexican Border Fence: modern solutions to an age-old challenge?

Teaching & Assessment

Students will be assessed through a portfolio which willdocument the activities undertaken during the course. These will includeexercises on written sources and analysis of visual and documentary evidence.

The portfolio will also consider contemporary reports of the positive and negative aspects of frontiers and borders.

Fees & funding


Do you live in Wales? We have a number of funding opportunities available, please complete the form below to find out if you are eligible to study this course for free. Apply now via this form.