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This course serves as an introduction to the basics of comparative political studies. It is designed to provide the student with a broad comparative overview of the world’s political systems. The main objective is to give students the necessary tools to assess and understand the differences in political culture, political organizations, governmental structures, and political behaviour.
The main objective is to give students the necessary tools to assess and understand the differences in political culture, political organizations, governmental structures, and political behaviour.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
This course has three (3) lectures per week. There are no tutorials for this course. Studentsare responsible for reading and understanding all the assigned materials for this course.The assigned course readings complements the materials taught in class lecture.As a courtesy and to assist students to revise after each lecture and to help in completing thestudent’s personal lecture notes, class lectures will be recorded on ECHO recording and canbe accessed on the class LEARN page. It is important to note that: 1) each recorded lecture isavailable for a period of one (1) week from the date of the class it was recorded. After theone-week period has passed, the recorded lecture will be unavailable; 2) the availability ofrecorded lecture is not a replacement for class attendance.
Required Texts Compiled by Alex Tan; Comparing the Politics of Nations; A Custom Edition; Pearson, 2013Other readings (if any) will be provided by the instructor through the class LEARN site.
Referencing for Political Science
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Political Science
Essay boxes are located on the 5th floor Locke, outside the POLS office, Locke 501.
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.