Scottish Government POLITIC3016

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to equip students with a knowledge and understanding of the governing process in Scotland in a comparative perspective.

Timetable

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 in Politics 2A and Politics 2B.

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

One essay of between 2,000 and 2,500 words (50%) and one unseen essay-type examination, of a two-hour duration, in which candidates attempt two questions (50%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to equip students with a knowledge and understanding of the governing process in Scotland in a comparative perspective. This means looking not only at how Scottish political institutions, particularly since devolution, differ from their UK counterparts, but also at how they compare to their counterparts in other democracies, particularly those that are decentralised. The course will focus on the role of Scotland in altering, in some significant ways, the Westminster model of democracy, and question how much Scotland's own political system now resembles what Arend Lijphart calls the consensus model of democracy. We will examine the Scottish Parliament, Scotland's four different electoral systems, its party system, and its political parties. We will also explore the policy-making process in Scotland and how it has changed since devolution, as well as what is called multilevel governance - how Scottish governance interacts with that of the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand Scottish government as part of a range of political phenomena, enabling non-honours students to build upon and develop knowledge and skills acquired at pre-honours.

•Analyse and explain the importance of Scottish political system

•Evaluate the works of scholars who have written about the role of political institutions and actors in Scotland

•Apply the knowledge gained in the process of evaluating and discussing the literature

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.