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Undergraduate Course: Political and Cultural Summer Programme: Scottish Politics (PLIT10077)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course provides a basic introduction to Scottish politics. It considers the nature of Scottish autonomy and institutions within the British state. It examines the development of the national movement, and analyses the factors underpinning support for the Scottish Parliament.
It considers the nature and extent of the 1997 devolution settlement and provides an understanding of the powers and structures of the Scottish Executive and Scottish Parliament, the Scottish party system and the policy-making process. Scottish political identities and party politics
are also considered in comparative perspective.
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Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Block 5 (sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be based on a final class exam.
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Learning Outcomes
Students should be familiar with the history of Devolution and the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, including the Constitutional Convention and the Consultative Steering Group. Student should have learned how the Scottish Parliament works, how it is elected, and how law is being proposed and made in the Parliament and its Committees.
Students should have a sufficient grasp of how the Scottish multi-party system works and be able to identify what the parties in the Scottish Parliament stand for. They should have a firm understanding about the main political issues dealt with in the Parliament, the main policies which have been implemented since 1999, and the differences between
Parliament and Executive. The should be aware of Scotland's relationship with the UK, with the other devolved territories' institutions, and Scotland's international relations in the European Union and beyond. Students should be familiar with the academic writing about Devolution
and the Scottish Parliament, and research which has been undertaken into the impact of Devolution on Scottish public life.
Please also refer to the Political Internship website
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KeywordsPlease refer to the Parliamentary Internship website
Course organiserProf James Mitchell
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