Scottish Summer Parliamentary Program

Scottish Summer Parliamentary Program
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The Scottish Summer Parliamentary Program is a nine week internship placement program for a total of 9 credits. During the first four weeks, students take two intensive courses at the University of Edinburgh on Scottish Politics, Society and Culture; EDII PSSP 351S: Scottish Politics (2.5 credits) and EDII PSSS 352S: Scottish Society and Culture (2.5 credits). These courses help to prepare you for the internship portion of the program that follows. Internship placement occurs during the final five weeks of the program, during which time you will conduct a major academic project and research report for an additional 4 credits. You will have study space in the Parliament building as well as an academic base at the University of Edinburgh's Academy of Governance. Detailed course information is given below.

EDII INPR 310S: Final Research Report (4 semester hours of credits)

Assessment for the internship component is derived from a final research report and journal to be submitted at the end of your internship placement. The topic and length of the report (usually around 5,000 words) will be negotiated between the Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP), the interns' Director of Studies, and the intern. The report is to be submitted to the MSP as well as to the Director of Studies.

In addition, students are expected to submit a journal on their placement activities and observations. The journal should include at least one page per week of the placement, detailing observations of the political process, outlining questions or frustrations, or discuss anything the students find relevant. The impressions and expectations of the internship placement are of particular interest. Students may wish to include copies of newspaper articles, lists of activities and accomplishments, notes of meetings, speeches or political events.


EDII PSSP 351S: Scottish Politics (2.5 semester hours of credits)

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The course provides a basic introduction to Scottish politics. It considers the nature of Scottish autonomy and institutions within the British state. It examines the development of the national movement, and analyses the factors underpinning support for the Scottish Parliament. It considers the nature and extent of the 1997 devolution settlement and provides an understanding of the powers and structures of the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament, the Scottish party system and the policy-making process. Scottish political identities and party politics are also considered in comparative perspective.


EDII PSSS 352S: Scottish Society and Culture (2.5 semester hours of credits)

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The course provides an introduction to Scottish society and culture. Scotland being an old country, with a long national history, means that many sociological features have been long in the making; Scotland being a small country, particularly in terms of population, affects the form and frequency of social interaction. The course progresses from the larger context of the economic, social and cultural history and identity of modern Scotland and the examination of key institutions which shape Scottish life, on to social groupings and, finally, to expressions of culture and the arts, especially the literature of Scotland.

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