Pre-sessional courses

Pre-sessional video

British Culture and Politics since 1945

Course Description

This interdisciplinary pre-sessional programme provides international students with a very engaging introduction to major themes, events and personalities which have shaped social, cultural and political development of the United Kingdom since the end of World War Two.


Social and cultural issues are analysed through British literature, films, music and popular culture and brought to life through videos, news reels, TV and film clips. The British political system will be discussed and will analyse political parties, the monarchy, devolution, nationalism, the end of empire, and Britain's troubled relationship with Europe.


Local field trips include: Swansea and the Gower Peninsula, St Fagans National History Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Cardiff, and the World Heritage City of Bath.

Example Timetable

The two week programme is offered twice a year as a late summer pre-sessional programme in early September before the start of the Fall/Autumn semester or for students commencing study during the Spring/second semester in January.

 

EXAMPLE TIMETABLE: WEEK 1
AMX 316: BRITISH CULTURE AND POLITICS SINCE 1945
 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
09:00-10:00


WELCOME / INTRODUCTION

  • Course Co-ordinators
  • College Administrators
  • International Development Office

COMPLETION OF ENROLMENT FORMS



  TRIP TO HISTORIC CITY
OF BATH
INCLUDING TOUR OF
ROMAN BATHS




   
10:00-11:00 AMX316
Course outline and lecture guide

Break

Where are you?
Introductory lecture

AMX316
Library Orientation
Bad, Worse, Worst:
Politics in the 1970s
11:00-12:00 From Consensus to Crisis
1951 – 1970
Anarchy in the UK:
Pop music in the 70s
12:00-13:00 12pm
Coach departs for Gower trip

Meet outside Fulton House



Britain’s Social Revolution: Labour in power 1945-51 I can’t get no satisfaction from the Taxman:
Pop music in the 60s
Shining Past, Fading Present: Heritage Cinema
13:00-14:00 LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
14:00-15:00 Carry On Britain: Post-War British Cinema The Full Monty: Decline and British Cinema Film: Room with a View
(1985)
115 minutes
15:00-16:00 Film: Passport to Pimlico (1949)
90 minutes
AMX 316 Seminar
16:00-17:00        

 

Assessment and Learning Outcomes

Students will be asked to write an essay of 2,500 words.

By the end of the programme, students will be expected to:

Have a comprehensive understanding of Britain's political and cultural experience since 1945.
Engage critically in debate surrounding major issues in British politics since 1945.
Engage critically with significant post-war cultural texts.

 

Application and Housing

Please apply for the British Culture and Politics since 1945 Pre-sessional course by ticking the appropriate box on the Swansea University Visiting and Exchange Online Application Form.

Housing:
Students attending the late summer pre-sessional programme in September will stay on campus for the duration of the course and will then move to their pre-arranged term time accommodation at the end of the session.

Students attending the January session move directly into their term-term accommodation.