Undergraduate Course: Political and Cultural Summer Programme: Scottish Politics (PLIT10077)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The 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.
Please also refer to the Parliamentary Internship website
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| 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
|Course organiser||Prof James Mitchell
|Course secretary||Mr Lee Corcoran
Tel: (0131 6)51 5122