Pre-sessional courses

Pre-sessional video

British Culture and Politics since 1945

Course Description

This interdisciplinary pre-sessional programme provides international students with a very engaging introduction to major themes, events and personalities which have shaped social, cultural and political development of the United Kingdom since the end of World War Two.

Social and cultural issues are analysed through British literature, films, music and popular culture and brought to life through videos, news reels, TV and film clips. The British political system will be discussed and will analyse political parties, the monarchy, devolution, nationalism, the end of empire, and Britain's troubled relationship with Europe.

Local field trips include: Swansea and the Gower Peninsula, St Fagans National History Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Cardiff, and the World Heritage City of Bath.


The two week programme is offered twice a year as a late summer pre-sessional programme in early September before the start of the Fall/Autumn semester or for students commencing study during the Spring/second semester in January.

Assessment and Learning Outcomes

Students will be asked to write an essay of 2,500 words.

By the end of the programme, students will be expected to:

Have a comprehensive understanding of Britain's political and cultural experience since 1945.
Engage critically in debate surrounding major issues in British politics since 1945.
Engage critically with significant post-war cultural texts.


Application and Housing

Please apply for the British Culture and Politics since 1945 Pre-sessional course by ticking the appropriate box on the Swansea University Visiting and Exchange Online Application Form.

Students attending the late summer pre-sessional programme in September will stay on campus for the duration of the course and will then move to their pre-arranged term time accommodation at the end of the session.

Students attending the January session move directly into their term-term accommodation.