Introduction to Government and Politics: New Zealand

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Government and Politics: New Zealand

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Government, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The aim of this course is to develop knowledge of the New Zealand political system in comparative perspective. We focus on key themes and current developments in the political arena, and because we are situated in Wellington are able to call on politicians and political participants to contribute to the course.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. describe and distinguish between different elements of New Zealand?s political system
    2. exhibit an understanding of how our political system has evolved and changed across time,
    especially in terms of the major electoral system change to MMP
    3. show an understanding of the dimensions of our party system, the bureaucracy, and the
    political questions facing New Zealand?s democracy.
    This course also emphasises the development of research and written presentational skills. Students passing this course will therefore be able to formulate in writing clear arguments based on sound research.

    Essay 1- 25%
    Essay 2- 25%
    Final Exam- 50%

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