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Undergraduate Course: Government and Politics in the United Kingdom (S2) (SSPS10005)

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
SummaryThis course is only available to students on the Parliamentary Programme.

The course provides an overview of the government and politics of the United Kingdom. It examines the development of the UK state, the impact of constitutional reform and European integration, the nature of the British party system and ideological change, the electoral system and
its consequences. It is intended to give students an insight into key features of the British political system, to provide insight into the relative strength and positions occupied by the main parties, and to provide an understanding of the continuing relevance of the UK politics for Scotland.
Please also refer to Political Internship website
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, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Revision Session Hours 16, Other Study Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be based on one 2,000 word essay worth 60%, and one exam worth 40%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students should be familiar with UK government structures and the main UK political players and what they stand for by the end of the course; they should have developed an understanding of the UK constitutional framework and its changes over time. Students should have an overview of
the academic literature on British politics, and be able to analyse the current political issues in the UK. In view of the relationship between the UK and Scotland after Devolution, students should have developed a sense of the power relations between UK and Scottish political
institutions and structures. Students should also be aware of the position of the UK within the European Union and the controversial issues involved in that relationship. They should have acquired the ability to assess newspaper and journal articles on the political process and have an understanding of the British state in order to understand Scotland's position in the UK. Finally, students should have acquainted themselves with the politics and government in the other devolved territories, Wales, Northern Ireland and Greater London and be able to draw comparisons.
Please also refer to Political Internship website
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Please refer to Political Internship website
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Course organiserDr Marc Geddes
Tel: (0131 6)51 3784
Course secretaryMr Alexander Dysart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5197
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