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POLS321 Government and Public Policy

Examines theories and descriptions of how and why governments make and implement policy decisions, with special reference to New Zealand.

Why do governments pursue certain courses of action and implement particular sets of policies during specific periods of history? Who makes policy and how? Why does policy matter? What is the relationship between economic and political power? Who runs New Zealand? More generally, how do we understand politics? The overall aim of the paper is for students to understand how and why public policy is made in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Paper title Government and Public Policy
Paper code POLS321
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with POLS 231 passed 2005-2012.
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Teaching staff
Dr Bryce Edwards
Paper Structure
The paper faithfully follows the chapter-by-chapter structure of the course text book.
Politics by Andrew Heywood, Palgrave, fourth edition, 2013
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Critical thinking and research skills.

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system