Contemporary Political Issues In Scotland POLITIC4004

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to contemporary political issues in Scotland in a comparative perspective. This means looking not only at how Scottish politics differs from UK politics, but also at how Scottish politics compares to politics in other decentralised democracies, such as Spain and Canada.

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

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

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

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course introduces students to contemporary political issues in Scotland in a comparative perspective. This means looking not only at how Scottish politics differs from UK politics, but also at how Scottish politics compares to politics in other decentralised democracies, such as Spain and Canada. In the process, this course will explore the historical distinctiveness of Scottish politics, as well as critically examine whether there really is a 'new politics' in Scotland since devolution. Scottish national identity will be compared to its counterparts in other countries. How people, as individuals and as part of civil society, participate in Scottish politics will also be explored. Ultimately, students will evaluate perhaps the biggest issue on the current political agenda: the likelihood and potential consequences of Scottish independence.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

•Analyse and explain the importance of contemporary political issues in Scotland

•Evaluate the works of scholars who have written about contemporary political issues 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.