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POLS390 Research Project

A supervised research essay of 6,500 words in an approved topic in politics.

This paper is an extended essay under supervision chosen by the student in conjunction with their supervisor. It is excellent preparation for post-graduate study such as MPols and MInstSt programmes.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code POLS390
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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54 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Admission to this paper normally requires an average of at least B+ over three POLS 200-level papers.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Teaching staff

Teaching staff consists of various politics lecturers.

Paper Structure

The student meets each week with their supervisor to develop the essay.

Teaching Arrangements

One-on-one supervision


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

This paper will allow students to explore and develop their research expertise in a field of study of their choice.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41