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Undergraduate Course: Scottish Government and Politics (PLIT10001)

Course Outline
School School of Social and Political Science College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Politics Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description Politics in Scotland has entered a new and exciting era since the devolution referendum of 1997 and the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. This course aims to understand recent and ongoing developments within an historical, theoretical and empirical framework. The course will consider the development of the state and civil society in examining the changing status of Scotland within the United Kingdom. It will examine the emergence and complexity of nationalism and identity in Scotland and analyse the campaigns for Scottish home rule. A large part of the course is focused upon understanding the complexities and consequences of devolution. We will consider issues of party politics, representation and policy development as well as devolved Scotland's relations with the UK government and the European Union. This is a politics course open to other SSPS students.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting students should have at least 3 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This course is aimed at developing students' understanding of Scottish government and politics, stimulating interest in the subject, and supporting students in the development of their research, organizational and communication skills. It is expected that all students, on completion of this course, will have achieved a number of learning outcomes:

-knowledge of Scotland's current constitutional status and its historical development within the United Kingdom state
-a critical appraisal of competing theoretical perspectives and empirical analyses on the development of the home rule movement and the factors underpinning support for the Scottish Parliament
-understanding of the functions, powers and policy-making processes of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive
-an ability to analyze contemporary Scottish politics and political development in light of relevant conceptual tools and theoretical discussions on nationalism and the state
-to situate Scottish political and constitutional development in a comparative UK and international context
-development of research and analytical abilities, through guided research in preparation for coursework and seminars
-development of transferable skills in oral and written communication and presentation, nurtured in seminar activities and essay construction and feedback
-development of employability skills, through presentation, teamwork, tutorial activity and appropriate assessment
Assessment Information
Coursework 1: Research briefing paper (40%)
Coursework 2: 3,000 word essay (60%)
Special Arrangements
Special Arrangements for Entry: A quota of 45 students, with preference given in the following order:

(1) Politics Single Honours 4th year;
(2) International Relations Single Honours 4th year;
(3) Politics Joint Honours 4th year;
(4) Politics Single Honours 3rd year;
(5) International Relations Single Honours 3rd year;
(6) Politics Joint Honours 3rd year;
(7) Other SSPS students;
(8) Non-SSPS students

Please note: because of the high numbers of students enrolled, this course will almost certainly not be able to admit students from outside the College of Humanities and Social Science.
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Course organiser Dr Nicola Mcewen
Tel: (0131 6)51 1831
Course secretary Miss Susan Orr
Tel: (0131 6)50 4253
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