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POLS321 Public Policy in New Zealand

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Examination of theories and descriptions of how and why governments make and implement policy decisions in 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 Public Policy in New Zealand
Paper code POLS321
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Summer School (Distance learning)
Summer School (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with POLS231 passed 2005-2012.
Teaching staff

Dr Chris Rudd, Joshua James


To be confirmed

Course outline

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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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Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 2-7
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 2-7
Thursday 10:00-11:50 2-7