Pre-sessional courses

Pre-sessional video

British Culture and Politics since 1945

Course Description

 

This programme is taught over a two-week period before the start of the semester and provides an introduction to major themes and events that have shaped social, cultural and political development of the UK since the end of World War Two using British literature films, music and popular culture to illustrate it.  This popular programme includes excursions around the local area: Swansea and the Gower Peninsula, St Fagans National History Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Cardiff, and the World Heritage City of Bath.

The programme is worth 10 SU credits and the cost can be included within the tuition fees for a semester (60 credits) or a full-year (120 credits) for fee-paying students. (Should the maximum number of credits be exceeded for the year/semester the programme is available at a cost of £500).

Exchange students may also choose to study this programme at a cost of £500.  NOTE: An additional two weeks accommodation will be charged for this course.  The cost will be confirmed upon application to the programme.

Example Timetable

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.

 

EXAMPLE TIMETABLE: WEEK 1
AMX 316: BRITISH CULTURE AND POLITICS SINCE 1945
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
09:00-10:00


WELCOME / INTRODUCTION

  • Course Co-ordinators
  • College Administrators
  • International Development Office

COMPLETION OF ENROLMENT FORMS



  TRIP TO HISTORIC CITY
OF BATH
INCLUDING TOUR OF
ROMAN BATHS




   
10:00-11:00 AMX316
Course outline and lecture guide

Break

Where are you?
Introductory lecture

AMX316
Library Orientation
Bad, Worse, Worst:
Politics in the 1970s
11:00-12:00 From Consensus to Crisis
1951 – 1970
Anarchy in the UK:
Pop music in the 70s
12:00-13:00 12pm
Coach departs for Gower trip

Meet outside Fulton House



Britain’s Social Revolution: Labour in power 1945-51 I can’t get no satisfaction from the Taxman:
Pop music in the 60s
Shining Past, Fading Present: Heritage Cinema
13:00-14:00 LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
14:00-15:00 Carry On Britain: Post-War British Cinema The Full Monty: Decline and British Cinema Film: Room with a View
(1985)
115 minutes
15:00-16:00 Film: Passport to Pimlico (1949)
90 minutes
AMX 316 Seminar
16:00-17:00        

 

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.

Housing:
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.