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POLS520 New Zealand Government and Politics

In-depth analysis and evaluation of New Zealand political institutions and their role in policy making.

This paper will focus on political parties, interest groups and government formation, all in the context of the 2017 general election.

Paper title New Zealand Government and Politics
Paper code POLS520
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,679.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,250.00

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Limited to
Teaching staff
Dr Chris Rudd
Teaching Arrangements
Two 3,000-3,500 word essays, each worth 50% of the final grade.
There is no required textbook or course reader for this course. Any required readings will be available online.
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the methods of inquiry, the techniques and the procedures employed in the study of politics, as well as those employed in investigating particular political problems and phenomena;
  • Analyse written or oral communications in order to break them into constituent parts to make political ideas and assumptions clear and make the connections between ideas explicit;
  • Judge the appropriateness of methods used to solve political problems and evaluate whether to use methods if these bring about ends other than those desired;
  • Apply abstractions (general ideas and methods) to new and unfamiliar, particular and concrete situations;
  • Articulate ideas, feeling and experiences to others, both as a writer and speaker; and
  • Carry out self-directed and independent research.

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system