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POLS220 Digital Politics

Examines the influence of internet technologies on the interactions between citizens, political actors and governments.

The rapid growth of online media, especially Web 2.0 sites such as Facebook and Twitter, has created much curiosity within political science about its potential to revive the perceived democratic deficit seen in many advanced industrial democracies. Students will learn about how online technology is used for political campaigning, communication and activism and what effects this technology has on the behaviour of political actors and citizens. The paper also introduces students to the core research methods used to study this medium.

Paper title Digital Politics
Paper code POLS220
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Chris Rudd
Paper Structure
The paper covers three key themes:
  • How citizens and political actors use Internet technologies for campaigning, communication and activism
  • Effects of these technologies on the behaviour of citizens and political actors
  • Methods used to study content and effects of online technology
No specific text book is required for this paper. A list of readings will be provided.
Course outline
Copies of the readings are all available on Blackboard and Facebook. These readings are intended to give you a general overview on the lecture topic and to help you participate in any class discussions. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but should serve as a useful starting point, especially when preparing for your individual research proposal and paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
The intended learning outcomes for this paper are for students to be able to:
  1. Determine their own research question(s) and hypothesis(es)
  2. Critically evaluate existing research related to their research
  3. Identify the data/information relevant to their research question
  4. Choose an appropriate methodology for gathering of data/information
  5. Analyse data/information collected
  6. Synthesise their results into existing body of knowledge
  7. Communicate (oral and written) the knowledge they have created

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system