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POLS552 Comparative State/Minority Politics

Comparison of state relations with Indigenous and other minority peoples in selected nations, including New Zealand.

Paper title Comparative State/Minority Politics
Paper code POLS552
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,679.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,250.00

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POLS 403
Limited to
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Janine Hayward
Paper Structure
  • Week 1 The comparative method
  • Week 2 Minority peoples and colonisation
  • Week 3 Land loss
  • Week 4 State administration
  • Week 5 Urbanisation
  • Week 6 Revision and reflection on comparative histories
  • Week 7 Citizenship
  • Week 8 Contemporary constitutional relations
  • Week 9 Constitutional change
  • Week 10 Recognising minority peoples
  • Week 11 The courts and minority peoples
  • Week 12 Minority peoples and representation
  • Week 13 Conclusions and reflections
No required textbooks. There will be a course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the paper students will be able to:

  • Utilise comparative methodology to ask and answer questions relevant to the study of politics
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the knowledge required of the case study nations, including New Zealand and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Analyse and assess political problems through comparative analysis, and communicate this analysis in written and oral forms
  • Undertake self-directed and independent research.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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