Devolving the Nation: Scotland, 1945-2004

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Devolving the Nation: Scotland, 1945-2004

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Short Description
    This course focuses on the changing nature of politics and governance in Scotland between 1945 (the end of World War II) and 2004 (the opening of the Holyrood Parliament). It examines the impact of the welfare state and rising living standards, the intensity of the devolution debate during the 1960s and 1970s, the effects of deindustrialisation in the 1980s, the constitutional challenge of the 1990s and the ultimate achievement of the devolved Parliament.
    The aims of the History honours programme, to which this course contributes, are:
    ? To develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills you acquired during your first two years;
    ? the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options;
    ? the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
    ? To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skills in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers? current research; and
    ? To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.
    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    ? Demonstrate the ability to appreciate and understand the principal themes, issues and controversies relating to Scottish politics and governance between 1945 and 2004;
    ? Demonstrate the ability to understand how the debate about Scottish control of Scottish affairs intensified, leading to the establishment of the Holyrood Parliament;
    ? Demonstrate the ability to prove familiarity with a range of source material, both primary and secondary, and understand how to set it in the broader context;
    ? Demonstrate the ability to formulate and present arguments, based on knowledge of the subject, in seminar discussions and in writing;
    ? Demonstrate the ability to use historical sources with sensitivity, discrimination and critical awareness.
    ? Class essay (20%) c.2000 words
    ? Seminar Paper/presentation (6%) c.1500 words
    ? Oral Contribution (4%)
    ? Examination (70%) 120 minutes duration

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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