Module Identifier IP35020  
Module Title WALES AND DEVOLUTION  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Elin Royles  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours. (16 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   7 Hours. (7 x 1 hour)  
Assessment
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 3,000 words  50%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module. For further clarification please contact the Academic Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning outcomes

On completing the module students will be able to:

- critically analyse, assess and evaluate the main constitutional and organisational features of the various plans for a form of Parliament for Wales put forward before 1997;

- critically analyse, assess and evaluate the main constitutional and organisational features of the National Assembly for Wales;

- describe and evaluate the nature of the policy-process in the National Assembly;

- analyse the nature of the Assembly's inter-governmental relations with other layers of government, in particular the UK and European levels.

- describe and analyse the nature of party-competition and political culture in a devolved Wales.

- critically examine the different proposals for deepening devolution to Wales.

Brief description

This module will introduce students to the form of developed government established in Wales in 1999 as part of the UK government's programme of constitutional reform. Following discussion of the previous plans for devolution, the module focuses on examining different facets of the National Assembly during the First and Second terms of devolution. On this basis, the module seeks to assess the future prospects of devolution to Wales.

Aims

This module aims to allow students to develop the ability to analyse, evaluate and discuss:

- contextualise devolution by comparitavely considering the various plans for a form of Parliament for Wales put forward before 1997;
- the main constitutional and organisational features of the National Assembly for Wales;
- the nature of the policy-process in the National Assembly;
- the nature of party-competition and political culture in a devolved Wales.
- the alternative plans for advancing devolution to Wales.

Content

Introduction

Devolution in Context

An overview of the historical attempts at devolution to Wales

From Kilbrandon to the 1979 debacle

Resurrecting the dream: The Road to the Assembly

The National Assembly for Wales

The constitutional basis of the National Assembly

The internal structures of the National Assembly

From the `corporate body┬┐ to cabinet government ┬┐ developments in Welsh governance

The policy process in the National Assembly

The National Assembly, the UK State, the European Union and the World

Political Culture in Post-Devolution Wales

Electoral Politics in Post-devolution Wales

The Political Parties post-devolution

The National Assembly and Civil Society in Wales

Representation and the National Assembly

The Future of Devolution?

The road to the Government of Wales Act 2006 and the responses

The future of devolved government

Transferable skills

Students will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills that will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate events, examples and ideas. Throughout the course, students should practice and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as basic numeracy skills and self management skills. In lectures students will develop listening and note-taking skills, as well as analytical skills. In seminars students will enhance their analytical skills and will practice listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as team-working skills. Essay writing will encourage students to practice their independent research, writing and IT skills, and the examination will test analytical and written communication skills under conditions of time-constraint.

10 ECTS credits

Reading Lists

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** General Text
Chaney P., Hall T., Pithouse A. (eds.) (2001) New Governance - New Democracy? Post Devolution Wales University of Wales Press, Cardiff
Hazell R (ed.) (2003) The state of the Nations: The Third Year of Devolution in the United Kingdom Exeter, Imprint Academic
Osmond, J. and Jones, J.B. (eds.) (2003) Birth of Welsh Democracy: The First Term of the National Assembly Cardiff Institute of Welsh Affairs

Books
Morgan, K. O. Rebirth of a nation :a history of modern Wales /Kenneth O. Morgan. 0198217609
Rawlings, Richard. Delineating Wales :constitutional, legal and administrative aspects of national devolution /by Richard Rawlings. 0708317391
** Recommended Text
Welsh Assembly Government (2004) Report of the Richard Commission HMSO

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6