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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. Students are responsible for reading and understanding all the assigned materials for this course. The assigned course readings complements the materials taught in class lecture. Note: Attendance to all lectures is a course requirement. Students with more than one lecture day clash/conflict each week with another enrolled course are strongly advised not to enrol for POLS105. As a courtesy and to assist students to revise after each lecture and to help in completing the student’s personal lecture notes, class lectures will be recorded on ECHO recording and can be accessed on the class LEARN page. It is important to note that: 1) each recorded lecture will be made available for a period of 48 hours from the time of the class it was recorded. After the 48-hour period has passed, the recorded lecture will be deleted and unavailable; 2) the availability of recorded lecture is provided as a courtesy and 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 $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* 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.