POLS205-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

United States Politics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course focuses on the institutions and government of the United States. Topics include civil rights and civil liberties, the Courts, Presidential-Congressional relations, the national security establishment (e.g. the military and Central Intelligence Agency), the Trump Administration, and the 2020 Presidential election. We also consider key foreign policy issues such as the U.S.in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S.-China relations, U.S.-North Korea relations, and the global significance of the U.S. economy. Particular attention will be given to the dynamics of the 2020 Presidential election.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

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.


Any 15 points at 100 level from POLS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or
the Schedule V of the BCom.

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 16:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 A7
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 315
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department

Course Coordinator to be confirmed


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tutorial/Attendance 10% 1 point per tutorial
Final Exam 30% 2 hour exam - 2 essay questions
Forum post 5% 150 - 200 words; tute forum post prior to discussion.
Essay 21 Aug 2020 25% 1800 words
Essay 09 Oct 2020 30% 2200 words

Indicative Fees

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.

All POLS205 Occurrences

  • POLS205-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance) - Not Offered
  • POLS205-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021