2012-13 Course/Module Search
Courses denoted TB1 are for Fall, TB2 are for Spring.
Fall (Autumn) Program
Students arrive approximately 2 weeks before the beginning of the fall or spring term officially begins. After orientation, students take the two-week British Culture & Politics course with the other American students on the program. After the pre-sessional module, program participants begin their university studies and take a full load of regular courses with British students. Students typically take 4 additional classes (modules) which award approximately 3 credits each. The Fall program ends in mid-December. Students who go to Swansea in the Fall will find that they have sufficient free time to travel around the U.K. and to visit many European cities.
In addition to all things offered in the fall program, students on the Spring program will have a one-month spring break from mid-March to mid-April. Most students decide to travel during the break; but students have the option of staying in Swansea in university housing. It may be possible to arrange a full-time internship for 4 additional credits during this time for students who wish to stay. In April, students resume classes, which will remain in session until mid-May. Students must sit for examinations. The examination period usually ends around the 10th of June.
Mini-Course (AMX 301 - British Culture & Politics)
This course is required of all program participants. It provides students with an introduction to both the unity and diversity of the British culture, including British historical, literary, and political life. Particular emphasis is placed on the regional distinctiveness of Wales as a part of the United Kingdom. This intensive mini-course awards 3 US credits. As part of this course, students will go on field trips to places of interest around Wales. This course will also serve as an ongoing orientation to the British university system; one goal of the course is to help students understand what is expected of them academically and help prepare them to succeed in class during their time in Swansea.
The London pre-sessional AMX-315, British Culture and Politics is being offered in London as well as Swansea. This pre-sessional course is taught over three weeks by the Foundation of International Education and is based in London. The course is worth 10 credits (3 US credits). Please note that classes and excursions are subject to change.
This course will consider issues which have become central to British political and cultural debate. These will include differences between English, British and European identities, the role of the monarchy, parliamentary democracy and London’s multiculturalism. Welsh politics, culture and the relationship to the rest of the UK, England in particular, will also be discussed. The British media and cultural institutions will be closely examined.
50%: 6 page essay (can be double spaced)
40%: Final exam
When students arrive instead of going directly to Swansea they will be picked up and taken to a hotel in London. Students will experience all that London represents in the 21st Century, and will be exploring its cultural, political, economical, and social issues. This course will be a $3000 supplement; this is because of the higher cost of staying in London as well as the salary for the staff.
This will be a great experience, and after the course is done, you will be taken to Swansea to sign up for classes before the 2nd semester begins. For the three week outline please go to the website.