8.3 The politics of devolution
This course examines ‘Scotland’. Having enjoyed political independence until 1707, the survival of many of Scotland's institutions – notably its systems of law, religion and education – after Union with England contributed to the preservation of its singular identity. The different way in which Scotland was incorporated into the UK, through a monarchical take-over rather than by conquest (as was the case in Wales and Ireland), may account for the lesser impact the development of the UK exerted on Scottish distinctiveness.
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(8 study hours)
After studying this course, 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).