How political institutions and processes work across a range of countries. Introduces the comparative method and considers ways of conceptualising political systems and understanding the functions of their key institutions.
Providing a foundation for understanding how politics operates in different countries, this paper constitutes a key introduction to comparative politics. The first part of the paper provides context through introducing the state and nation, forms of government, and theoretical approaches and methods in comparative politics. The second part examines the institutional framework in which politics happens and the relationship between the different branches of government. The third part examines the ways in which people participate in politics, how politics is communicated through the media, political parties and interest groups, voting and elections, and how policies are made.
This paper is 100% internally assessed.
|Paper title||Comparative Politics - Introduction|
|Teaching period||First 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 politics in New Zealand and around the world is an advantage.
- Teaching staff
- Dr James Headley
- Paper Structure
The paper covers three main themes:
- Studying Politics
- Institutional Framework of Politics
- Participation and Policymaking
- Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures and one tutorial each week. The lectures give an introduction to the main themes and issues of the paper. The tutorials are for student-centred discussion, debate and group work.
- No textbook is required.
Highly recommended: Rod Hague, Martin Harrop, and John McCormick, Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction, 10th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
- Course outline
- View the course outline for POLS 105
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge of the political systems of a range of countries
- Awareness of the various theories of comparative politics and ability to evaluate them critically
- Understanding of research methods in comparative politics