Citizenship GCSE: Citizenship and Politics in Scotland

Through a compelling mixture of traditional illustrations and modern animation, this short film serves as an animated summary of citizenship issues as they relate to Scotland.

It examines topics such national identity, Scotland's independence movements and Scotland's relationship with the European Union.

The film also puts into perspective Scotland's relationship to the United Kingdom, both historically and as it is now.

Teacher Notes

This short film underlines the importance of being an active and engaged citizen in the political process. Therefore, it could provide a springboard for classroom discussion about types of political engagement.

After watching the film you could have a class discussion and/or debate about their views on Scotland's relationship to the rest of the United Kingdom and towards Europe.

Curriculum Notes

This short film covers the following aspects of the Scottish curriculum:

  • The different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity.
  • The legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problems.
  • Parliamentary democracy and the key elements of the constitution of the United Kingdom, including the power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press.

More from How Government Works:

British Law and the Constitution
What is Political Power?
Citizenship and Politics in Northern Ireland
Citizenship and Politics in Wales
Dinasyddiaeth a Gwleidyddiaeth yng Nghymru