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.
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|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.