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Undergraduate Course: Parliamentary Placement: Research Project (S1) (PLIT10115)

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) AvailabilityPart-year visiting students only
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryStudents will be placed with Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), based in Holyrood where they will gain experience of the variety of activities of working for a Parliamentarian. Weekly contact with academic staff is maintained throughout. Research report on a topic agreed by the MSP/MSP staff and academic course leader is produced.
Course description Students are allocated to MSPs according to interests and other considerations and introduced to the MSP/MSP staff prior to the placement. This allows the students to gain an understanding of the particular interests of the office and to prepare for the placement. Students provide a weekly report on activities and progress on the research project to the academic director of the course. Meetings are held with the students throughout the placement. The research report is agreed through discussion with the student, MSP or MSP staff and course director. This report is written in the form of a policy briefing for use by the MSP. It is submitted both to the MSP and the university. It is an assessed piece of work within the overall Parliamentary Programme.
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:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 392 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will work with a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) and their staff for the duration of the ten-week political internship placement, on a research project agreed between the intern, MSP and Director of Studies. The report is usually c.2,500 words.
Feedback Projects will be returned with feedback within 15 working days of submission
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the roles of elected Members of the Scottish Parliament
  2. Understand the relationship between executive and legislative branches in the Scottish polity
  3. Understand the workings of the Scottish Parliament plenary, committee work, cross party groups.
  4. Acquire a public policy perspective in a Parliamentary arena
  5. Reflect on the relationship between citizens and elected Members.
Reading List
Preparation for completing the project is provided in the Public Policy in Scotland course. Guidance on preparation and completion of the project is supplied by the course director. As each project differs, there is no single substantive reading.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsAcademy of Government,Parliamentary Programme
Course organiserProf James Mitchell
Course secretaryMr Alexander Dysart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5197
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