Politics

SCQF Level 7

Semester 1 - Politics A
Semester 2 - Politics B

Politics A
This unit is designed to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of political concepts and theories of the state relevant to the relationship between the state and the individual. The unit will develop the pupil’s ability to explain different political concepts and theories of the state, i.e. those developed by Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, de Tocqueville, Thomas Jefferson etc. in a critical way, and evaluate and apply these concepts to theories of the state. It is intended for pupils who have a general interest in politics and political theory.

On completion of the unit pupils should be able to:
1. Explain political concepts and theories of the state
2. Evaluate political concepts and apply them to theories of the state

Politics B
This unit is designed to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the UK and Scottish systems of government. Students will study the nature of the UK constitution and decision making processes, forces that impact on the constitution and decision making processes, the roles and functions of the UK and Scottish Parliaments and Executives, local government, parties and pressure groups, and the key electoral systems operating within the UK.

Pupils will also study issues relating to Scotland’s constitutional position within the United Kingdom. This unit is intended for those pupils who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of politics and for those who wish to use it as a basis for further study.

On completion of the unit the pupils should be able to:
1. Analyse key topics relating to the governance of the United Kingdom
2. Analyse and evaluate key aspects of the Scottish devolved system of governance in relation to political concepts

Progression Pathways
These units are part of the HNC Social Sciences framework. Successful completion of these units, along with the appropriate Highers, will allow progression onto the HNC/HND Social Sciences course at Dundee and Angus College or entry into a Social Sciences related course at Degree level

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