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    The study of institutions and processes of the New Zealand political system. Particularly the formal structure of government, political parties and interest groups, the citizen and political participation.

    POLS102 is designed to educate you about New Zealand politics and get you thinking more about some of the major debates it involves. The paper will teach you about the way things work (like the voting system), about the major institutions are and what they do (like Parliament), about how the political processes work (like policy development), and about New Zealand political history. It will also encourage you to think critically about why New Zealand's parties, systems, processes, institutions and economy are the way they are.

    About this paper

    Paper title New Zealand Politics - Introduction
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    The study of Politics at 100-level does not require any specific previous study. An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Brian Roper

    Paper Structure

    POLS102 has lectures which are available on Capture, with power point slides available on Blackboard. There is a requirement to attend lectures.

    Janine Hayward (ed), 2015, New Zealand Government and Politics, Sixth edition, Oxford University Press.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Know what government is and how it works.
    • Develop an awareness of the wider social and economic context.
    • Engage with theoretical perspectives that explain why governments do what they do.
    • Learn about New Zealand's political past.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 31-33, 37, 39, 41
    A2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 31-33, 37, 39, 41
    A4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 31-33, 37, 39, 41
    A5 Thursday 13:00-13:50 31-33, 37, 39, 41
    A6 Thursday 15:00-15:50 31-33, 37, 39, 41
    A7 Thursday 16:00-16:50 31-33, 37, 39, 41
    A8 Friday 11:00-11:50 31-33, 37, 39, 41
    A9 Friday 12:00-12:50 31-33, 37, 39, 41
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