POLS315-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Global Politics: Contemporary Democracies and Political Economy

30 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 seminar course is an in-depth comparative analysis of the political processes, behaviour, and institutions in industrial democracies. The course considers the numerous avenues through which citizens influence politics and policy-making and considers the implications of formal institutional structures and informal forms of participation. In this seminar, we will survey (i) the historical, geographic, and economic context, (ii) institutions and electoral processes, and (iii) recent transformations and future challenges of modern industrial democracies.


Any 30 points at 200 level from POLS, or
any 60 points at 200 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 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Meremere 526
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 101 Lectorial
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Alex Tan


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reading Summary 10% Summarize readings to be discussed - 600-750 words
Class participation 10% Students missing four (4) or more seminar classes will automatically forfeit all of their class participation grade
Midterm in-dass test 24 Aug 2021 35%
End-of-term Test 19 Oct 2021 45% In-class

Textbooks / Resources

Readings are available through UC library or through the class LEARN website

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,570.00

International fee $7,000.00

* 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 .

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