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Undergraduate Course: Scotland: Society and Politics (SSPS08005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course allows students to focus on the society and polity around them. It includes an opportunity to conduct a modest research project with the support of a tutor. It draws on the wealth of scholars researching aspects of Scottish society and politics within the School of Social and Political Science and the wider university. There are two lectures a week (a total of 20 lectures) and weekly group tutorials from week 2 to week 11. The first six tutorials guide the student through his or her research project and attendance is very important. The remaining tutorials focus on exam revision. The bulk of the assessment is divided between an exam and a research project report on an aspect of Scottish society or politics. 10% is allocated to tutorial participation. A class prize, the Charles Jedrej prize, will be awarded for the best overall performance
Course description This course provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on Scotland: Politics and Society focusing on the following six core themes: Inequalities and Opportunities in Scotland, Representations of Scotland, Governance and Party Politics in Scotland, Policy in Devolved Scotland, Nationalism & Identity in Scotland, Scotland and its 'Others'. This involves contributions from each of the teaching disciplines of the School of Social and Political Science (in alphabetical order Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Politics and International Relations) with contributions from History and the Centre for Law in Society.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThere are no formal prerequisites for Visiting Students, but it is hoped that all students will have a first year level grounding in at least one social science subject.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Provide a critically informed overview of contemporary Scottish society, politics, and social policy.
  2. Locate Scotland historically and within a global context.
  3. Understand of social science methodology through a small piece of applied research.
  4. Critically engage with selected social, cultural and political issues in contemporary Scotland.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsScotland, Scottish Society, Scottish Politics, Contemporary Issue, Social Policy
Course organiserProf Nicola McEwen
Tel: (0131 6)51 1831
Course secretaryMiss Sarah McAllister
Tel: (0131 6)51 7143
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