Course Description

Course Name

Contemporary Political Issues In Scotland

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


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.
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

*Course content subject to change