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Undergraduate Course: Comparing Scottish Devolution (PLIT10080)

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 This course will teach students how to understand Scottish devolution by comparing it with other forms of territorial governance, especially devolution, federalism, multi-level governance, regionalism and nationalism. Reflecting on broader theories of nationalism, federalism and regionalism and bringing in examples from other multi-level polities in Europe, North America or beyond it seeks to answer the following questions: Why did the quest for Scottish devolution arise? What is Scotland&Šs constitutional power and would it make any difference if the UK was a federal state? Who pays for Scotland? Does policy divergence between the UK nations threaten citizenship rights? What is Scotland&Šs position in a Europe of the Regions? What has been the role of political parties and voters in Scotland in driving regional autonomy? What are intergovernmental relations for? Does the asymmetric constitutional arrangement in which self-rule only extends to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland turn the English into second class citizens? Does devolution put Scotland on a slippery slope towards secession?
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
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  45
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLectureLecture1-11 10:00 - 10:50
First Class Week 1, Monday, 10:00 - 10:50, Zone: Central. Chrystal Macmillan Building, Seminar Room 1
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
&ˇ understanding of the meaning of different forms of territorial governance, especially devolution, federalism, multi-level governance, regionalism, nationalism
&ˇ critical appraisal of competing theoretical perspectives and empirical analyses on the development of regionalism and multi-level government in Scotland and other comparative cases
&ˇ placing Scottish devolution in a comparative perspective, and draw comparisons and contrasts with devolution across the UK, and with other forms of territorial government in other multi-level and multi-national states
&ˇ Effective application of the comparative method
&ˇ development of research, analytical and presentation skills, through guided research in preparation for assessment and tutorial presentations
Assessment Information
1 x 2,500 word essay (50%), 1 research briefing of not more than 1,500 words (35%) and tutorial participation (15%).
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 Wilfried Swenden
Tel: (0131 6)50 4255
Course secretary Miss Susan Orr
Tel: (0131 6)50 4253
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