BA American Studies and International Relations (4 year)

Course Overview

American Studies and International Relations includes the study of American Literature, History and Politics and provides a detailed understanding of the international political system, key issues and an appreciation of the global dynamics at work.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Visiting American Professors offer modules as part of the American Studies and International Relations degree.
  • Students spend the third year studying at a University in the USA.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • Our staff are active researchers known across the globe and we teach an exciting range of topics that cover every branch of the subject across many regions of the world.
  • Our Graduates are truly international and have careers all around the world.
  • American Studies is ranked 7th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018. Read more here.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
AM-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The American Experience 1492-2000
AM-112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Politics and Society
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
PO-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules
Optional Modules - International Relations 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20cr module in TB1

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HUA101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theories of War
HUP101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
MSP100RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Public Relations: Strategic Communications

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: War, Strategy and the Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era
Optional Modules
AND

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions and to experience different cultures.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (American Studies)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules Selective - Dissertation 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Joint honours students are permitted to select a dissertation in only ONE of their joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-336Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40American Studies Dissertation
PO-3000Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Wales
PO-395Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
AND
Optional Module Choices - International Relations 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you have chosen the American Studies Dissertation select 1x 20 credit module from this list. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
AM-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Popular Music and the City
CY-353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfraith Hywel
CY-358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Y Gymraeg, Datganoli a'r Gyfraith
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art, Cinema and Music
HUA309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Russian Civil War
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Obama
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
AND

Description

American Studies and International Relations is a well-established programme.  Students study six modules a year, 3 in American Studies and 3 in International Relations.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,450

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"The American Studies course at Swansea is broad but I felt that this allowed me to select modules to suit my needs and interest and thus I was able to excel because I could study the topics I felt truly passionate about. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the US and worked as a researcher for a professor and spent some time working on a local political campaign. I also enjoyed the breadth and flexibility of the American Studies course in that I covered history, politics and literature in the first two years before focussing on politics in my final year through the modules I selected and my dissertation. I now work as a Research Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates one of the top four executive search firms globally. We are a NY headquartered company and quite “American” in terms of our culture which I easily understand after studying American Studies and experiencing a year abroad in the USA."

Amy Tindale


 "My degree is fantastic. I have learnt so much about international relations and developed valuable essay writing skills. The IR Professors are very helpful. I would say that so far my experience as a student in IR is self-fulfilling and very interesting and Swansea University is the right place to study this course. After graduating, I intend to study an MA in International Affairs. My dream would be to work for the UN."

Salma El Hankouri

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.9 per cent * of American Studies Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. American Studies at Swansea is ranked 1st for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in American Studies will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for organisations such as:

  • Westminster Forum Projects
  • Labour Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA International Communication and Development
  • MA International Relations
  • MA War and Society

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of American Studies. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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