Why Study Politics and International Relations

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.

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Swansea's multicultural campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities for Politics and International Relations students to gain skills that last a lifetime.

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