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POLS102 New Zealand Politics - Introduction

There is never a dull moment in New Zealand politics! But who really has power in New Zealand politics: politicians, the public, activists, big business? POLS 102 New Zealand Politics is an introduction to how politics really works in New Zealand, and why.  

POLS102 is an excellent paper to combine with LAWS101

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Details

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.

POLS 102 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.

Paper title New Zealand Politics - Introduction
Paper code POLS102
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
The study of Politics at 100-level does not require any specific previous study. An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Professor Janine Hayward

Paper Structure

Lecture notes will be provided at the start of every lecture. These notes begin with a summary of the learning objectives for that topic. A short video will normally screen in the lead-up to the lecture, and this will commence before the hour (so arrive early if you can).

After lectures, the presentation notes will be available as PDFs on Blackboard. You will also find other resource material on Blackboard, such as additional readings for all lecture topics.

Textbooks
Janine Hayward (ed), 2015, New Zealand Government and Politics, Sixth edition, Oxford University Press.
Course outline

View a sample course outline for POLS 102. (Students taking this paper should refer to blackboard for the current course outline)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

This paper will help students:

  • 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.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 30-34, 36-40
A2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
A3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 30-34, 36-40
A4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 30-34, 36-40
A5 Thursday 15:00-15:50 30-34, 36-40
A6 Thursday 16:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
A7 Friday 11:00-11:50 30-34, 36-40
A8 Friday 12:00-12:50 30-34, 36-40
A9 Friday 10:00-10:50 30-34, 36-40