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Swansea University
Swansea, Wales
On campus
 2788 Points
3 Years

Program Description

Studying American Studies and Politics involves exploring the culture, history and politics of the most influential country in the world, alongside British and European politics, public policy, political theory and philosophy.

Our three-year BA degree opens up a range of exciting career possibilities by helping you to develop transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers. You will have the chance to study American history, literature, politics and culture, stretching from colonization to the presidency of Donald Trump, and a range of politics topics from ancient philosophy and rhetoric to war and warfare in the modern world.

Fees for full time Undergraduate EU/International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

20 - American Politics and Society

20 - Introduction to American Literature and Culture

20 - Introduction to political methodology

20 - Introduction to Politics

Optional Modules - Politics:

20 - Political Philosophy

20 - Politics and the People

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

20 - The History of Political Thought

Optional Module Choices - Politics:

20 - Rebuilding Western Europe: Cultures and Societies, 1945-1975

20 - Freedom, Angst and the Embodied Self: Themes in Continental Philosophy

20 - Contemporary Moral Controversies

20 - Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations

20 - Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism

20 - Globalisation

20 - Moralities of War and Peace

20 - Approaches to Politics

20 - International Security

20 - Genocide

20 -British Politics and Public Policy

20 - Contemporary Wars and Conflicts

20 - The First World War


American Studies - Optional Modules:

20 - Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives

20 - American Word/American Image

20 - The Making of Transatlantic America

20 - Re-Thinking the South: Southern Culture and History, 1865-1955

20 - Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present

20 - America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to Trump

20 - Contemporary Wars and Conflicts

20 - The First World War

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

20 - Researching Politics 1

Compulsory Modules Selective - DISSERTATION:

40 - American Studies Dissertation

40 - Dissertation

40 - The National Assembly for Wales


Politics Optional Modules:

20 - Digital Futures

20 - Politics and International Development

20 - Parliamentary Studies

20 - Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Trump

20 - Capitalism and Justice: inequality, power and prosperity in contemporary economies

20 - Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism

20 - Parliamentary Studies project

20 - The Russian Civil War

20 - Overlord: War, Societies, and the Battle for Normandy 1944


Americal Studies optional modules:

20 - Contemporary American Fiction

20 - America and the Bomb

20 - African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance

20 - The American Civil War in History and Memory

20 - Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America

20 - Popular Music and the City

20 - Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction

20 - Overlord: War, Societies, and the Battle for Normandy 1944


Students on this course typically develop excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats, along with strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Government
  • Research
  • Events management

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