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American Studies and Politics (with a Year Abroad)

Swansea University
Swansea, Wales
 2788 Points
4 Years

Program Description

We offer varied and flexible course content, so you can shape your American Studies and Politics degree to your own interests.

Topics include American film, music, race, gender, migration and urbanization, social, economic and military history, terrorism, or civil rights and political protest; conflict and peace, democracy, politics, philosophy, international relations, international security, public policy or political economy.

• Fees for full time Undergraduate EU/International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.
• For a Year Abroad you will be charged 15% of the agreed standard fee.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
IB Diploma
English Level
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
A levels
TOEFL (internet based)
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.

Alternative Entry Qualifications:

  • A level (or equivalent) typical offer: BBB

Alternative English Language Qualifications:

  • Swansea ELTS test (SWELT): 6.0
  • INTO English Language Assessment: 169
  • CaMLA - Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): 650
  • Euroexam @ C1 academic level: Pass

Important Information:

  • For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of pre-sessional training programmes that you may take before starting your degree programme.


Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

The American Experience - 20

American Politics and Society - 20

Introduction to American Literature and Culture - 20

Introduction to political methodology - 20

Introduction to Politics - 20

Optional Modules - Politics:

Political Philosophy - 20

Politics and the People - 20

Introduction to International Relations - 20

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

The State and Political Institutions - 20

The History of Political Thought - 20

Optional Module Choices - Politics:

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 - 20

American Studies - Optional Modules:

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 - 20

Year 3 - Abroad

Year Abroad (American Studies) - 120

Year 4

Compulsory Modules:

Researching Politics 1 - 20

Optional Modules:

American Studies Dissertation - 40

Dissertation - 40

The National Assembly for Wales - 40

Politics Optional Modules:

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 - 20

Americal Studies optional Modules:

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 - 20


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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