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Module Title
Governing The UK

Government: UK; Politics; Constitution

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2003
ApprovedDecember 2012
AmendedMay 2014
Version No.4

This Version is No Longer Current
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide the student with a broad understanding of the UK political system and its social basis.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Describe the main features of the UK political system and its social basis.
2. Outline the structure and role of the basic institutions of UK central, devolved and local government.
3. Outline contemporary political issues.

Indicative Module Content

The roles, structure and powers of the UK government, including the Prime Minister and the cabinet;
The roles, composition and structures of the House of Commons and the House of Lords;
Devolved government, especially the composition and powers of the Scottish parliament and the Scottish government;
The roles, structures and powers of local government in Scotland;
The key instituions in the European Union;
Electoral systems used in the UK governmental system;
Political participation in the UK.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture based module supplemented with seminars.
Lectures provide core course content, supported by seminars.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

A closed book examination.

Indicative Bibliography

1.JONES, B., and NORTON, P., 2014. Politics UK. 8th ed. Holboken: Taylor and Francis. ebook
2.LEACH, R., COXALL, B.and ROBINS, L., 2011. British politics. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
3.LYNCH, P., 2009. Scottish government and politics: an introduction.</i) 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
4.MORAN, M., 2011. Politics and governance in the UK. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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