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POLS221 New Zealand Political Parties and Elections

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Electoral politics, with special reference to New Zealand.

At the centre of democracy, political parties and elections are vital parts of determining the shape of society. But how do they work? Do they work well at all? This course provides a critical examination of the role of these institutions in contemporary New Zealand.

Paper title New Zealand Political Parties and Elections
Paper code POLS221
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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18 100-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Teaching staff
Dr Chris Rudd
There is no required textbook or course reader for this paper. Any required readings will be available online.
Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Critical thinking and research skills

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41