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The politics of class, gender, and ethnic inequality in New Zealand, with some comparative reference to the US and Europe.
|Paper title||Politics and Society|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2022 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,761.50|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- POLS 404
- Limited to
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- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Brian Roper
- Paper Structure
- Week 1: Introductions and Course Administration
- Week 1: The Sociological Imagination
- Week 2: The Neoliberal Justification of Social Inequality
Section One: Ethnicity
- Week 2: Ethnic Inequality and Racist Politics
- Week 3: White Settler Colonialism
- Week 3: The Political Economy of Ethnic Inequality
Section Two: Gender
- Week 4: Is the Family Anti-Social? Gender Inequality in the Family-Household
- Week 4: Beyond the Barriers? Gender Inequality in Paid Employment
- Week 5: Explaining Gender Inequality: Radical Feminism and Socialist Feminism
- Week 6: The Changing Social Construction and Cultural Practices of Masculinity
- Week 7: The Changing Social Construction and Cultural Practices of Femininity
- Week 7: Gender Politics: The Anti-Feminist Backlash and Rise of Raunch Culture
- Week 8: Gender Politics: Welfare and Paid Parental Leave
- Week 8: Postmodernist Feminism and Contemporary Feminist Theory
Section Three: Class
- Week 9: The Unequal Distribution of Income, Wealth and Life Chances
- Week 9: What is Class? Marx vs. Weber
- Week 10: What is Class? Recent Theories
- Week 11: The Changing Working Class
- Week 11: A New Middle Class?
- Week 12: Class Politics: Labour, National and the Minor Parties
- Week 12: The Upper Propertied or Capitalist Class
- Week 13: Class Politics: Taxation and Social Spending
- Week 13: What Can Be Done to Reduce Inequality?
- No required coursebook or course reader.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to
- Demonstrate knowledge of the methods in the study of politics, specifically those employed in investigating political problems and phenomena relating to New Zealand society
- Analyse political ideas and assumptions to assess the connections between ideas
- Apply abstractions (general ideas and methods) to new and unfamiliar aspects of New Zealand politics and society
- Articulate ideas, arguments and experiences to others both as a writer and speaker, and carry out self-directed and independent research