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The politics of devolution
This unit, which contains material from the current Open University second level...
This unit, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power, Equality and Dissent, is pitched at the intermediate level. It should take you about 8 hours to study if you attempt the recommended exercises and make summary notes of its key points. Doing so will allow you to practise the crucial academic skill of summary and précis – extracting the gist of an argument – which will be of particular help if you go on to study in related areas: perhaps the related politics units on the openlearn website or in the Open University courses from which they come.
After studying this unit, you should be able to:
- understand the process of political devolution in the UK;
- relate this process to both historical developments and to the wider context of contemporary events in Europe;
- practise the skill of reading, summarising and evaluating academic arguments;
- engage more actively as a citizen in relevant political debates (especially if you are a citizen of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland!).
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The politics of devolution
- 2 The making of the UK
- 3 Nation, state and nation-state
- 4 Defining centre and periphery
- 5 Governance beyond Westminster: the politics of devolution
- 6 Elected regional assemblies in England
- 7 When was Britain?
- 8 Governance beyond the UK: The EU
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The politics of devolution
This course should take you about 8 hours to study if you attempt the recommended exercises and make summary notes of its key points. Doing so will allow you to practise the crucial academic skill of summary and précis – extracting the gist of an argument – which will be of particular help if you go on to study in related areas: perhaps the related politics courses on the OpenLearn website or in the Open University courses from which they come.
This course is an adapted extract from the module Power, Equality, Dissent: understanding contemporary politics (DD203) which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
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Originally published: Thursday, 25th July 2013
Last updated on: Thursday, 25th July 2013
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