POLS103-10S1 (C) Semester One 2010

Introduction to New Zealand Politics

18 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2010
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2010
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 5 March 2010
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 May 2010


This course is designed to be an introduction to New Zealand politics and public policy. The course will examine New Zealand’s constitutional setting, electoral process, political parties, interest groups and cabinet parliament.

The aim is to help students understand the intricacies of New Zealand's political system.  There will be a particular focus on current issues in New Zealand politics:  the MMP referendum, the constitutional review, declining voter turnout particularly among young voters, republicanism and the Treaty of Waitangi.  Various guest speakers will provide the 'insiders' view' of how Parliament actually operates.



Course Coordinator

Therese Arseneau


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test 1 01 Apr 2010 25%
Essay 20 May 2010 40%
Final Test 03 Jun 2010 25%
Participation and Attendance 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Raymond Miller (ed); New Zealand Government & Politics; 5th; Oxford University Press, 2010.

Recommended Reading

Henderson, John T. et al; Democracy in New Zealand : international IDEA country study; Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies ;, 2002.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $672.00

International fee $2,835.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All POLS103 Occurrences

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