The Scottish Parliament and law making
The Scottish Parliament and law making

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.


You have been introduced to where the ideas for the need for an Act of the Scottish Parliament may come from and considered why new laws may be needed. You have also seen that in the Scottish Parliament the process for public engagement is transparent and public engagement is encouraged. While the Scottish Parliament may seem remote, there are many opportunities for citizens in Scotland to participate and such participation is welcomed.

You should now be able to:

  • explain why law changes
  • explain some of the ways in which law is changed
  • understand how you can contribute to the work of the Scottish Parliament.
Figure 14 Summary overview of Week 8

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371