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Semester 1

Comparing Scottish Devolution (PLIT10080)







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Visiting students must have completed 4 Politics courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses, and we cannot consider interdisciplinary courses or courses without sufficient Politics/Government/International Relations focus. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission, and priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Politics department. **Please note that all Politics courses are very high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course will teach students how to understand Scottish devolution by comparing it with other forms of territorial governance, especially devolution, federalism, multi-level governance, regionalism and nationalism. Reflecting on broader theories of nationalism, federalism and regionalism and bringing in examples from other multi-level polities in Europe, North America or beyond it seeks to answer the following questions: Why did the quest for Scottish devolution arise? What is Scotland's constitutional power and would it make any difference if the UK was a federal state? Who pays for Scotland? Does policy divergence between the UK nations threaten citizenship rights? What is Scotland's position in a Europe of the Regions? What has been the role of political parties and voters in Scotland in driving regional autonomy? What are intergovernmental relations for? Does the asymmetric constitutional arrangement in which self-rule only extends to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland turn the English into second class citizens? Does devolution put Scotland on a slippery slope towards secession?

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Written Exam 0%, Coursework 85%, Practical Exam 15%

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