Bachelor of Arts (Politics)

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Be informed about the big issues

Studying a BA (Politics) at Massey equips you with the concepts, theories and facts you need to make sense of the world around you.

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What is it like?

Understand the world around you

Politics is about contestations for power and how we make decisions in society - who gets what, when and how - from the local community to the nation and internationally.

Politics is concerned with the conflict of ideas and values. It has to do with who governs, and how and why decisions that affect all of us (such as how much students should pay to study at university or whether the UN should sanction military interventions) are made.

A wide range of topics

With Massey's BA (Politics), you may study topics such as how laws are made in New Zealand, what the rise of China means for the future of global politics, how Select Committees work, what is happening in the Palestine/Israel conflict, or what concepts such as "freedom" or "justice" mean to different people. You might also learn about the main dimensions of key contemporary international conflicts.

Small class sizes and enthusiastic lecturers

At Massey, politics is taught in a small interdisciplinary programme where you have regular and close contact with academic staff. Your lecturers are active researchers in their respective fields. They are passionate about the subject matter they teach and bring that enthusiasm to the classroom.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in how decisions are made in society
  • Want a career where you can make a difference to the lives of others
  • Want to understand what is going on in the wider world
Amy Thomson
Bachelor of Arts (Politics)

“My supervisor has given me the confidence to aim high in my professional life…”

My time spent studying politics at Massey has had a huge influence over my life. I'm a big picture person and learning about politics has given me the context for understanding how everything fits together and how what I do during my career will influence the lives of others. So, my degree helped me not only find employment, but to choose the jobs where I can make the most difference to the lives of others.

Studying politics at Massey was made easy by the passion of the faculty for their subject and the support they gave freely, particularly as a postgraduate. The belief my supervisor showed in me has given me the confidence to aim high in my professional life. And finally, the students I met are now friends I can turn to for advice and support when I need it.

Careers

Politics has two big things going for it: it is exciting, and it is relevant. Politics is a degree that can lead to a range of careers, including:

  • Business
  • Diplomacy
  • Finance
  • Journalism
  • Policy analysis
  • Public service

Our graduates are working as researchers, policy advisers, analysts and managers, and in the commercial, industrial, business, media, financial and public sectors. They also work in academia, the NZ Defence Forces, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the Treasury, Air New Zealand, the Reserve Bank, the United Nations, TV3News and Amnesty International.

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