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POLS102 New Zealand Politics - Introduction

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The study of institutions and processes of the New Zealand political system. Particularly the formal structure of government, political parties and interest groups, the citizen and political participation.

POLS 102 is designed to educate you about New Zealand politics and get you thinking more about some of the major debates it involves. The paper will teach you about the way things work (like the voting system), about the major institutions are and what they do (like Parliament), about how the political processes work (like policy development), and about New Zealand political history. It will also encourage you to think critically about why New Zealand's parties, systems, processes, institutions and economy are the way they are.

Paper title New Zealand Politics - Introduction
Paper code POLS102
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
The study of Politics at 100-level does not require any specific previous study. An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Teaching staff

Professor Janine Hayward

Paper Structure

POLS102 has lectures which are available on Capture, with powerpoinrt slides available on Blackboard. There is a requirement to attend tutorials. The final exam is worth 50% of the overall grade.

Janine Hayward (ed), 2015, New Zealand Government and Politics, Sixth edition, Oxford University Press.
Course outline

View a sample course outline for POLS 102. (Students taking this paper should refer to blackboard for the current course outline)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

This paper will help students:

  • Know what government is and how it works;
  • Develop an awareness of the wider social and economic context;
  • Engage with theoretical perspectives that explain why governments do what they do;
  • Learn about New Zealand's political past.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-34, 36-39
A2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-34, 36-39
A3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-39
A4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-39
A5 Thursday 15:00-15:50 29-34, 36-39
A10 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-39