BA American Studies and Politics (3 year )

Course Overview

The American Studies and Politics programme aims to cover all aspects of American civilization, examining American history, literature, politics, society and popular culture, and issues such as 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 politics of post-conflict and developing societies, democracy and democratisation.

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 degree.
  • The American Studies Student Society organises social and cultural events.
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in the USA during the second year of study.
  • 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.
  • 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-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
PO-209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State and Political Institutions
PO-238Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives
Optional Modules
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select two modules from TB1 and one module from TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-212Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies I:
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
AM-218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Re-Thinking the South: Southern Culture and History, 1865-1955
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
AM-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present
AM-251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to the Tea Party
AM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New York City: History and Culture since 1945
HIH253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
PO-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Globalisation
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: War, Strategy and the Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era
PO-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Justice and Human Rights
PO-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy

Year 3 (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 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select ONE of the options from below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-336Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40American Studies Dissertation
PO-3000Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Walesselect this or PO-395
PO-395Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)Select this or PO-3000
AND
Optional Module choices 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students Taking joint honours American Studies will be expected to take 60 credits from the American Studies Programme (AM code) or from modules in the cognate discipline as listed below and 60 credits from the joint honours department. It is recommended 40 credits should be modules with an AM code.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language in the Media
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
AM-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Popular Music and the City
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
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
POA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies

Description

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

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 £13,950

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.

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 now work as a Research Consultant for Russell Reynolds Associates one of the top four executive search firms globally."

Amy Tindale


“I chose Politics at Swansea as there is lots of choice. I have studied modules in Politics and International Relations and in my final year I had the opportunity to take an internship module working in the Welsh Assembly, which was amazing. I had the chance to see ‘behind the scenes’ of Welsh politics. When I first came to visit Swansea University I was given a Politics and International Relations brochure which said ‘Open your mind’ on the cover. Four years later, I can say that I certainly have. I am now a Government and Politics teacher.”

Jo Edwards 


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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