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Politics Summer School papers

The University of Otago Summer School runs from early January to late February each year and the Department of Politics offers two papers each year. 

Politics papers offered during 2019 Otago Summer School:

  • POLS 321 Public Policy in New Zealand - This paper examines how and why policy decisions are made by the New Zealand government, who they are made for, and how they can be changed. The course focuses on the questions of: Why do governments pursue certain courses of action and implement particular sets of policies during specific periods of history? Who makes policy and how? Why does policy matter? What is the relationship between economic and political power? Who runs New Zealand? More generally, how do we understand politics? The overall aim of the course is for students to understand how and why public policy is made in New Zealand.

  • POLS330 Special Topic Anti- and Post-Colonial Theory - Examination of major themes in anti-colonial and post-colonial politics, including discourses of nationhood and identity, the politics of resistance and self-determination, and continuing anti-colonial struggles around resource extraction.

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