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    An examination of the contested nature of the political and key methodological approaches to the study of politics both theoretically and in practice.

    This paper examines the contested nature of what constitutes politics and the ways to conduct research. It explores key methodological approaches to the study of politics, and methods of data collection and analyses.

    This paper is 100% internally assessed.

    About this paper

    Paper title The 'Political': Theory and Practice
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,860.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    Teaching staff

    Dr Chris Rudd


    The required readings will be available on eReserve on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of key methodological approaches to the study of politics and the contested nature of what constitutes the political.
    • Have the capacity to undertake independent research and identify relevant research sources.
    • Have the ability to apply ideas and methods to new situations in written analysis and in practice.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 17
    Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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