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Study Politics at Otago

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Apply for the Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Master of Politics (MPols) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Politics is the study of how power is organised and used, theoretically, nationally and internationally. Power relations affect every aspect of our lives, determining what we think, say and do, and how we co-operate to make the world a better place.

Politics at Otago offers opportunities to explore the politics of New Zealand, to compare the politics of a range of countries and regions, to study conflicts and co-operation between states, and to ask important theoretical questions about the nature of power and justice.

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See the full list of Politics (POLS) papers.

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Politics

Level Papers Points
100-level Two 100-level POLS papers 36

Two 200-level POLS papers

One further POLS paper at 200-level or above

One of CHIN 241 Contemporary Chinese Society, GEND 201 Introduction to Feminist Theory, GEND 208 Governing Bodies, PHIL 227 Morality and Politics:Hobbes to Hume, PHIL 228 Ethics, PSYC 204 Justice, Race and Class, or PUBH 203 Health Policy and Politics, may be substituted for one 200-level POLS paper




Four 300-level POLS papers


198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total   360

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Politics

  • Thesis: POLS 5

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Master of Politics (MPols)

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Minor subject requirements

Politics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level See below



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Five POLS papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including one at 300-level.

Total   90

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