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Course Overview

The issue of devolution, and levels of devolution, are becoming increasingly important in the contemporary UK political system. This is particularly the case in Scotland after the September 2014 referendum. This course will address the historical background to devolution and also the ways in which policymakers work within the devolved system.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Craig McAngus

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either International Relations (IR) or Politics (PI)
  • Programme Level 3

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This module will provide students with an overview of politics and policy in Scotland, focussing particularly on Scotland's constitutional status as a devolved nation within the United Kingdom. The module will, amongst other things, examine the historical background and context which led to the creation of the Scottish Parliament, the powers and functions of the parliament, the Scottish party system, national identity, policy and policymaking, the independence referendum and issues surrounding further constitutional change. The module will provide students with a detailed understanding of policy and politics in Scotland, but also consider Scotland's place within UK and beyond.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students in Politics OR International Relations degrees.

The course promotes strong critical awareness of social and political difference within the UK and Scotland.

Students will be required to develop a tolerance for different perspectives via cooperation and negotiation in groupwork.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • 3000-word essay (40%)

  • Presentation (10%)

  • 2-hour exam (50%)


  • 2-hour exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Oral feedback will be provided throughout the course and written feedback will be provided for the course assessments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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