New Zealand Politics - Introduction

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Zealand Politics - Introduction

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The study of institutions and processes of the New Zealand political system. Particularly the formal structure of government, political parties and interest groups, the citizen and political participation.

    Learning Outcomes
    This course is designed to educate you about New Zealand politics and get you thinking more about some of the major debates it involves. The course will teach you about the way things work (like the voting system), about what the major institutions are and what they do (like Parliament), about how the political processes work (like policy development) and about New Zealand political history. It will also encourage you to think critically about why New Zealand's parties, systems, processes, institutions and economy are the way they are.

    Course Structure
    Lecture notes will be provided at the start of every lecture. These notes begin with a summary of the learning objectives for that topic. A short video will normally screen in the lead-up to the lecture, and this will commence before 11.00 am (so arrive early if you can).

    After lectures, the presentation notes will be available as PDFs on Blackboard. You will also find other resource material on Blackboard, such as additional readings for all lecture topics.

    Course reader

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