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POLS105 Comparative Politics - Introduction

How political institutions and processes work across a range of countries. Introduces the comparative method and considers ways of conceptualising political systems and understanding the functions of their key institutions.

Providing a foundation for understanding how politics operates in different countries, this paper constitutes a key introduction to the Comparative Politics stream. The first part of the course provides context through introducing the state and nation, forms of government, comparative methods, and theoretical approaches to Comparative Politics. The second part considers how policies are made, the relationship between the branches of government, and the constitutional framework in which politics happens. The third part examines the ways in which people participate in politics and how politics is communicated through political parties and interest groups, voting, and the media.

Paper title Comparative Politics - Introduction
Paper code POLS105
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures and one tutorial each week.
The lectures give an introduction to the main themes and issues of the course.
The tutorials are for student-centred discussion and debate.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge of the political systems of a range of countries
  • Awareness of the various theories of Comparative Politics and evaluate them critically
  • Understanding of research methods in Comparative Politics
Eligibility
The study of Politics at 100-level does not require any specific previous study. An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr James Headley
Paper Structure
The paper covers three themes:
  • Studying Politics
  • Government and Governance
  • Mobilisation and Participation
Textbooks
Highly recommended: Rod Hague, Martin Harrop, and John McCormick, Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction, 10th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 11-15, 18-22
T2 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 11-15, 18-22
T3 Monday 09:00-09:50 11-15, 18-22
T4 Monday 10:00-10:50 11-15, 18-22
T5 Monday 12:00-12:50 11-15, 18-22
T6 Monday 13:00-13:50 11-15, 18-22

How political institutions and processes work across a range of countries. Introduces the comparative method and considers ways of conceptualising political systems and understanding the functions of their key institutions.

Providing a foundation for understanding how politics operates in different countries, this paper constitutes a key introduction to Comparative Politics. The first part of the course provides context through introducing the state and nation, forms of government, and theoretical approaches and methods in Comparative Politics. The second part examines the institutional framework in which politics happens and the relationship between the different branches of government. The third part examines the ways in which people participate in politics, how politics is communicated through the media, political parties and interest groups, voting and elections, and how policies are made.

Paper title Comparative Politics - Introduction
Paper code POLS105
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
The study of Politics at 100-level does not require any specific previous study. An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr James Headley
Paper Structure
The paper covers three main themes:
  • Studying Politics,
  • Institutional Framework of Politics,
  • Participation and Policymaking
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures and one tutorial each week. The lectures give an introduction to the main themes and issues of the course. The tutorials are for student-centred discussion and debate.
Textbooks
No textbook is required.

Highly recommended: Rod Hague, Martin Harrop, and John McCormick, Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction, 10th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge of the political systems of a range of countries; Awareness of the various theories of Comparative Politics and ability to evaluate them critically; Understanding of research methods in Comparative Politics

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 12:00-12:50 11-13, 15-22
T2 Monday 13:00-13:50 11-13, 15-22
T3 Monday 14:00-14:50 11-13, 15-22
T4 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 11-13, 15-22
T5 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 11-13, 15-22
T6 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 11-13, 15-16, 18-22
T7 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 11-13, 15-16, 18-22