LLB Law and American Studies

2016 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2016.  Visit our Clearing and Adjustment pages for up to date information on vacancies and to apply.

Course Overview

All of Swansea’s LLB courses are qualifying law degrees. These degrees will: • provide you with a solid foundation for a career in law • train you to apply legal concepts in a practical environment • provide you with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, research and analytical skills.

Key Features

All of Swansea’s LLB courses are qualifying law degrees.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LAA200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Criminal Law 1
LAA202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Land Law 1
LAA203Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Land Law 2
LAA204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Equity & Trusts1
LAA208Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Criminal Law 2
LAA209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Equity & Trusts 2
Optional Modules
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 50 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : For semester 1 please select one 20 credit module and for semester 2 one 20 credit module and one 10 credit module (AM-221 or AM-219).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Crime Story: American Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir
AM-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
AM-214Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Frontier Narratives
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
AM-217Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Making of Transatlantic America
AM-218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Re-Thinking the South: Southern Culture and History, 1865-1955
AM-219Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Re-Thinking the South: Southern Culture and History, 1865-1955
AM-221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10American Word/American Image
AM-224Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Race and Ethnicity II: American Perspectives
AM-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in American Politics
AM-240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paradox of Power: American Foreign Policy
AM-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Issues in American Politics
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
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Globalisation
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: American Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
PO-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights and Global Justice
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film
PO-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Law Optional Modules  

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please choose 60 credits from the list below. N.B. It is not a requirement for you to complete either a dissertation or a work placement research module. However, if you wish to apply to do a dissertation please contact Helen Quane, and if you wish to apply for a work placement research module please contact Stuart Macdonald. Until your application has been approved you must select 60 credits from each of the sections below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
LAA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Family Law: Parents & Children
LAA302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Family Law: Adult Relationships
LAA303Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Commercial Sales
LAA304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20World Trade LawIf you select this module you cannot select LAA305, LAA348, LAA308, LAA309, LAA326, LAA331, LAA332, LAA333 or LAA335.
LAA305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Legal History of WalesIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA348, LAA308, LAA309, LAA326, LAA331, LAA332, LAA333 or LAA335.
LAA306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Criminal Procedure and Sentencing
LAA307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymru'r Gyfraith
LAA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Human Rights and IdentityIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA305, LAA348, LAA309, LAA326, LAA331, LAA332, LAA333 or LAA335.
LAA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Start Up LawIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA305, LAA348, LAA308, LAA326, LAA331, LAA332, LAA333 or LAA335.
LAA310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Environmental Law 1 - Regulatory Law Approaches
LAA311Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Environmental Law 2 - Non-Regulatory Law Approaches
LAA312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Nature Conservation Law
LAA313Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Planning Law
LAA314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Employment Law: Rights and Obligations
LAA315Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Employment Law: Enforcing RightsYou can only choose this module if you study LAA314 in TB1.
LAA318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Competition Law: Regulation of Agreements
LAA319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Competition Law: Regulation of DominanceYou can only choose this module if you study LAA318 in TB1.
LAA320Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Terrorism: The Legal Response
LAA321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Criminal Evidence
LAA323Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Criminal Evidence Law and Psychology
LAA324Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights Law
LAA326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Foundations in Legal PracticeIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA305, LAA348, LAA308, LAA309, LAA331, LAA332, LAA333 or LAA335.
LAA327Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media Law
LAA328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cybercrime
LAA329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights & Social Justice
LAA330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medical Law
LAA331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20International Dispute SettlementIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA305, LAA348, LAA308, LAA309, LAA326, LAA332, LAA333 or LAA335.
LAA332Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Human Rights of ChildrenIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA305, LAA348, LAA308, LAA309, LAA326, LAA331, LAA333 or LAA335.
LAA333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20International Law - Principles and ProceduresIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA305, LAA348, LAA308, LAA309, LAA326, LAA331, LAA332, or LAA335.
LAA334Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20International Law - Substantive Topics
LAA335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20JurisprudenceIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA305, LAA348, LAA308, LAA309, LAA326, LAA331, LAA332 OR LAA333.
LAA336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Company Law: Incorporation, Constitution and Control
LAA337Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Company Law: Governance, Rights and Liquidation
LAA338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Criminal Law Theory
LAA341Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sports Law and Liability
LAA342Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Legal Issues in Sport
LAA343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Legislation
LAA344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Multi-level Governance
LAA345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Commercial Sales
LAA348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymraeg y GyfraithIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA305, LAA308, LAA309, LAA326, LAA331, LAA332, LAA333 or LAA335.
AND
American Studies Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose either AM-336 Dissertation and 20 credits from the list of optional modules or, if you plan to do a dissertation in Law you must choose 40 credits from the list.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and Protest in American Political Culture
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Presidency: Leadership and Power
AM-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
AM-336Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40American Studies Dissertation
AM-337Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20"A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall": America in the 1960s
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
HIH3335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Infections in Global History, 1500-2000
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
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
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

Description

Students can study this programme as either a 3 year or 4 year degree. On the 4 year programme, year 3 is spent in the United States. This year will be an exciting time in your life; through travel and making new friends it expands horizons and builds confidence, qualities much valued by potential employers. Final destination statistics for careers are amongst the best in the country; a degree with American Studies and the experience of the year abroad makes you stand out from the crowd. American Studies has exchange agreements with a wide range of US Universities including Colorado StateUniversity, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and Washington State University.

For further information on the year abroad please visit:

www.swansea.ac.uk/american

Entry Requirements

Our standard offer for our various Single honours and Joint Honours programmes is 3 A-Levels at grades ranging from AAB- BBB or equivalent. Welsh Bacc is equivalent to an A at A-Level.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply as an UK or EU student

The UCAS institution code for Swansea University is: SWAN S93

How to apply as an international student 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLB (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £12,550

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Graduate Employability and Careers

The College of Law takes a proactive approach to enhancing graduate employability. A range of activities and skills pervade the teaching and pastoral care right from enrolment through to graduation. Our career enhancement opportunities include guest lectures, networking events, internships and student-led projects. Highlights from the past 12 months include talks from the Judiciary, Lawyers from both local and national firms, and Commercial Directors & IP brand managers from multinational companies; and a range of internships in legal and commercial departments of businesses and public bodies across the world.

The College provides interactive CV clinics and interview workshops for all undergraduate and postgraduate students to help fine tune our students’ job application and interview skills. Working with the College Student Societies, law students have the opportunity to attend networking events and dinners with the legal profession and business world. These activities are supported by the Swansea Employability Academy and run with the assistance of the University’s Careers & Employability Service (which offers students the opportunity to gain the Swansea Employability Award). For further information on Future Employment visit: LLB Employability Information

Example destinations* of some of our recent graduates:

  • Huw James Solicitors
  • Eversheds Solicitors
  • New Law Solicitors
  • The Welsh Government
  • Wales Probation Trust

Examples of further study* followed by our graduates:

  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law
  • Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
  • MSc Business Management

*Sourced from the DLHE survey 2012/2013 and 2013/14.

 

Research

Academic members of the College of Law are as ever at the forefront of their research.  In the Research Excellence Framework Exercise (REF) 2014,  60% of research conducted within the College of Law was rated to be world-leading or of international excellence, and  95% recognised as demonstrating an international standard. The resulting first-class research environment can be seen at first hand in publication in academic journals, in books published by academic presses, in the organisation of international conferences and research seminar series, and in many other instances of widespread diffusion and transfer of knowledge including staff participation in the editorial teams of a number of major legal journals. The College of Law promotes the research agendas through its University Research Centres. The resulting vibrant research environment is evidenced in publication in academic journals, in books published by academic presses, in international conferences, research seminar series, well as in the diffusion, transfer and impact of research conducted.

Facilities

The Law Library

If you become a law student at Swansea it is likely that you will spend a substantial amount of your study time in the Law Library. The Law Library is located on the East Wing of the University’s Library and Information Centre (LIC). It contains over 22,000 volumes of legal information and holds nearly 200 series of law journals and law reports in paper copy.

Student Quotes

Jood Alharthi:

“Experience after experience has proved to me that in choosing to study Law at Swansea University has opened several doors of opportunities. I am now confident in the ambitious future goals I wish to pursue. I know that I will continue to appreciate the endless aspects, fields and positions that my law degree has empowered me with.” 

Jood also threw herself into University life and joined the Badminton society, UNICEF society and also the Debating Society, which was her favourite. She said: “Just knowing that twice a week I would meet up with argumentative, opinionated and vocal students was always something to look forward to! I really enjoyed the different debates and topics that I would never get the chance to discuss to in a regular day.” 

David Turner:

"Looking back on my time at Swansea it was one of the happiest times of my life. Fantastic grounds, superb academic lectures and outstanding pastoral support, meant that if I had the chance I would do it all again."

Contact Details

Enquiries

For further details on LLB undergraduate study please contact (UK Enquiries):

  • Dr Patrick Bishop
    (Undergraduate Admissions Tutor)
    Tel: +44 (0) 1792 513586
  • Ms Cerys Evans
    (Undergraduate Admissions Tutor)
    Tel: +44 (0) 1792 602373
  • Ms Samantha Duffy
    (Administrative Officer)
    Tel: +44(0)1792 606341

You can contact either of the above at llb@swansea.ac.uk

For EU/International enquiries please click the following link :
http://www.swan.ac.uk/international/contactus/makeanenquiry/

Email: international@swansea.ac.uk
Tel: 00 44 (0) 1792 602600

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