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The politics of devolution

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The politics of devolution

Please note: As part of a review of content, this course will be deleted from OpenLearn on 1st July 2021.

This free course, The politics of devolution, 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 prcis 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 the Open University modules from which they come.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

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!).

First Published: 10/08/2012

Updated: 14/04/2016

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