Introduction to Government and Politics: New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Government, Political Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
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.
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%
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.