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POLS552 Comparative State/Minority Politics

Comparison of state relations with Indigenous and other minority peoples in selected nations, including New Zealand.

This paper introduces students to theory about accommodating diversity in liberal constitutions. Students undertake self-directed case study and comparative research of liberal democratic nations which are being challenged by calls for indigenous and minority rights.

Paper title Comparative State/Minority Politics
Paper code POLS552
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,810.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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POLS 403
Limited to
Teaching staff

Dr Christine Winter

Paper Structure

The paper is seminar-based which is student driven with presentations and discussion.

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the paper students will be able to:

  • Utilise comparative methodology to ask and answer questions relevant to the study of politics.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the knowledge required of the case study nations, including New Zealand and the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Analyse and assess political problems through comparative analysis, and communicate this analysis in written and oral forms.
  • Undertake self-directed and independent research.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system