Talk:Comparative law and justice/Scotland

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Mid-Semester Comments

You are doing a great job so far on the Wiki! I have just a few comments for you to consider as you continue to work.

You might want to spend a little bit of time improving the formatting for readability. Your use of tables is great--you might want to put some of your other lists into tables or into narrative, as lists are a little bit harder to read (though sometimes they are still the right answer). In some cases where you have several paragraphs of text, you might want to add subheadings--especially a good idea where you have bold terms in the middle of the paragraphs. You also might want to add some white space or blank lines just to help the eye know where to go as it reads.

As for your references--you are using some great sources and I am glad to see you are documenting the sources. You might want to think about using the recommended sources a bit more, especially going forward for some of the topics that still remain. In addition, you do need to use complete bibliographic citations for all of your references. For help with this, see the sociology term paper guide.

Finally, do take a couple of minutes to look over the grading rubric on the last two pages of the Wiki assignment handout. It will detail the grading criteria for the final Wiki so that you can make sure you remain on the right track for the rest of the semester.

Keep up the good work!

Mlarthur 15:33, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

I'm not wanting to be entirely negative but there are some really off points to this page. It is entirely US-centric. Is there really any need for that? There is actually the phrase "from the way we speak in America" at one point - remembering English originated in the UK and in Scotland to a degree. There seems to be a general negative slant on most things, which is unfair - you might as well get a die-hard English nationalist to write the page at this rate. Some things are a wee bit irrelevant - why do we need to know how many councillors Aberdeen City Council has by the way? I understand protocols may be different on Wikiversity compared to Wikipedia, but there's no reason why it shouldn't be written in UK English, as this would not cause any comprehension issues and improve authenticity. Finally, as a gay person in Scotland it is entirely unfair to call Civil Partnerships 'registering your gay relationship'. They are not gay marriage, which will come within the next parliament, but they are identical to marriage. The only difference is the name.


I am under the impression that this page was written by a student as a piece of coursework. Whether a US-centric POV was "necessary" would depend on the grading scheme that person was subject to. James500 (discusscontribs) 06:40, 23 March 2014 (UTC)