Politics and International Relations, based in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, is one of the leading research-led units at Swansea University. We challenge our students to investigate the wide and complex issues arising from how our societies are currently organised in political terms, both domestically and internationally, and how they should or could be better organised in the future.
Politics and International Relations
In this video, Dr Matthew Wall answers questions about the study of Politics and International Relations at Swansea University and discusses some interesting aspects of the degrees.
- BA Politics with or without a year abroad
- BA International Relations with or without a year abroad
- BA Politics and International Relations with or without a year abroad
- BA Philosophy with or without a year abroad
- BA American Studies and International Relations with or without a year abroad
- BA American Studies and Politics with or without a year abroad
- BA Ancient History and Politics
- BA English Literature and Politics with or without a year abroad
- BA History and Politics with or without a year abroad
- BA International Relations and American Studies with or without a year abroad
- BA International Relations (with French) with a year abroad
- BA International Relations (with German) with a year abroad
- BA International Relations (with Spanish) with a year abroad
- BA International Relations and History with or without a year abroad
- BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with or without a year abroad
- BA Politics and French with a Year Abroad
- BA Politics and German with a Year Abroad
- BA Politics and Social Policy
- BA Politics and Spanish with a year abroad
- Politics with a Foundation Year
- BA International Relations with a Foundation Year
In this video, Dr Matthew Wall, Associate Professor in Politics, presents a taster lecture to introduce you to some of the topics which you will cover in your Politics Degree at Swansea.
In this video, Dr Emel Akcali, presents a taster lecture dicussing Global Pandemics.
In this video, Associate Professor Luca Trenta, whose main area of expertise is US Foreign Policy, presents a session on why studying International Relations and US Foreign policy can help us understand recent controversies and issues. This video was recorded at the time of the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020.
Whether you have already secured your place on a Politics/International Relations course at Swansea, or are looking for some introductory reading on (international) political issues, we have the reading list for you.
A more extended list can be found here. Of course, each module you study will have its own reading list. The sources below are intended to give you a flavour of the material that you may be engaging with during your time studying Politics and International Relations at university.
WHY SHOULD I READ THESE?
We have put this list of the best books and other material for Politics and IR students together to help you in the following ways:
- They will familiarise you with some of the issues you will encounter in you degree, before you officially begin your studies,
- If you haven’t applied yet, the issues, concepts, and debates found in these sources, as well as your own reading, can help you to write a strong personal statement
- The various content, from political science to International Relations, war, and strategy, will help you to start thinking about where your career may lie, as you form your own interests and opinions.
Dan Drezner, Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Princeton University Press. What would happen in a zombie apocalypse? How would the world react? Who would react? States? NGOs? International Organizations? This fun little book uses a zombie apocalypse to explore theories and issues in international politics.
Steven Levitzky and Daniel Ziblatt, How Democracies Die, Viking. ‘Democracy has prevailed,’ stated President Biden in his Inaugural Address. But has it? And for how long? What happens when democracies decline? How do they die?
Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger. Allen Lane. Populisms, war, conflict. Where does the current anger come from?
Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Profile. Social media, PayPal, on-line purchases, big tech. You are being followed. But what are the origins and consequences of today’s surveillance capitalism and what can you do about it?
Philosophize This! The podcast introduces the history of philosophy and touches upon several authors that you will encounter in your Politics and IR degrees.
Bombshell: the podcast explores today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges.
Throughline: the podcast explores political, social, and historical issues that have shaped out world.
Blogs and websites
War on the Rocks: analysis and commentary on war, strategy, technology, and national security in this blog.
E-IR: academics and students contribute to this website covering International Relations theories and issues.
FiveThirtyEight.com: much more than a politics by numbers blog
Democratic Audit: how is democracy in the UK? This podcast explores the health of UK’s democracy.