POLS315-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Global Politics: Contemporary Democracies and Political Economy

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


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 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 141
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 141
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct

Timetable Note

This course is structured as a seminar-lecture format and has two (2) lecture classes per week. Interested students are advised that the best preparation for this course are POLS102, POLS105, POLS205, POLS210, and POLS212.  There are no tutorials for this course. Students are responsible for reading and understanding all the assigned materials for this course.  

Note: Attendance to all lectures is a course requirement.  Students with more than one lecture hour clash/conflict each week with another enrolled course are strongly advised not to enrol for POLS315.  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 7 days from the time of the class it was recorded. After the 7-day 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.

Course Coordinator

Alex Tan

Textbooks / Resources

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,597.00

International fee $7,200.00

* 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 POLS315 Occurrences

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