Faculty of Arts


POLITICS 107

New Zealand Politics


Description

An examination of who governs New Zealand and in whose interests. Questions to be addressed include: What constitutes our national identity? Should New Zealand have a written constitution? Is it appropriate that Queen Elizabeth remain New Zealand’s head of state?   How can our electoral system be improved? How useful are referendums? Other topics include: the roles of parliament and cabinet, political leadership, parties and elections, the role of the media and the place of Māori within the political system. Guest speakers in recent years have included the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

Availability 2012

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Professor Raymond Miller

Reading/Texts

R. Miller (ed.), New Zealand Government and Politics, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 5th edition, 2010.

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

POLITICS 107: 15.0 points


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