Welcome to Politics and International Relations at Swansea
Politics and International Relations, based in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, is one of the leading research-led units at Swansea University. Our degrees challenge our students to investigate the wide and complex issues arising from how our societies, both domestically and internationally, are organised and how they should be organised. Politics is not just about studying government institutions and international relationships. It is a discipline that has explored different visions for a more just society for thousands of years, and yet still addresses some of today’s most pressing crises and challenges. Studying with us will help you to understand them and think in sophisticated and rigorous about how they might be resolved.
So Politics and International Relations at Swansea University investigates issues such as genocide, financial crises, the role of the US and other powers in the shaping of the world, the future of political devolution, the impact of new media technologies on politics and society, the justifications (or lack of them) for war, the politics of post-conflict and developing societies, democracy and democratisation.
Among the opportunities available to our students are study-abroad semesters, internships with local employers and with Welsh Assembly members as part of our level 3 National Assembly for Wales module.
We provide a supportive and stimulating academic environment in which to learn, and meet other people from all around the world. Our teaching is research-led and dedicated to providing the highest-level of provision in delivery and feedback. Our well-stocked library and internet resources extensively support our teaching and research. There is also a Politics/IR student society in which you may consider the issues of our times in more informally social circumstances!
What is Research-Led Teaching?
Our staff are leading researchers in their fields, investigating key contemporary issues in Politics and International Relations, often with colleagues in other leading institutions both in the UK and abroad, speaking at major international conferences and publishing in top journals and academic book publishers. Our research specialisms include space warfare, international security, politics and public policy in devolved institutions, genocide, the politics of development and human rights, post-conflict reconstruction, Latin American politics, electoral politics, politics and new technology, theories of just war.
We offer a wide range of modules taught and assessed in a variety of ways. Here is a representative sample of our offerings:
• What is Politics and IR?
• War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
• Politics and the People
• History of Political Thought
• Anarchy and Order: Issues in World Politics
• The State and Political Institutions
• British Politics and Public Policy: from New Liberalism to New Labour
• The Empire Strikes Back: The Threat and Use of Military Force
• Founders of Modern Philosophy
• Political Communication
• Global Political Economy
• The National Assembly for Wales Internship
• Researching Politics I and II
• Drug War USA: The Politics of Prohibition
• The International Politics of Space
• Contemporary Security
• Media Policy and Regulation
• New Screen Technologies
• Contemporary Political Economy
• Politics and International Development
• Political and Cultural Studies Internship
• Visions of Democracy
• Quantitative Approaches to Political and Social Analysis
Why Study With Us?
Our degrees in Politics and International Relations will:
provide an exciting and in-depth education in how the political world works, informed by high-calibre research-led teaching;
equip you with skills relevant for a rewarding career in a range of diverse fields, including civil and intelligence services, local and national government, management, finance, teaching, and journalism;
help you to gain transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, and analytical skills;
provide you with the methodological skills and approaches necessary for postgraduate study and academic research.
Above: Dr. Panayiota Tsatsou publishes a book on Digital Divides in Europe