Bachelor of Arts (Politics)

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Bachelor of Arts (Politics) structure

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Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Politics but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Philosophy, Security Studies, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, or Sociology to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:

230.110 Turangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
200.161 Intro to Politics
200.162 Politics and Public Policy in NZ

Choose three electives from:

115.106 Economics
131.121 Rich World, Poor World
150.114 He Tirohanga o Mua
146.101 Intro to Social Anthropology
146.102 Endangered Cultures
149.180 Intro to Security Studies
176.101 Intro to Sociology
176.102 NZ Society
176.104 Identity and Culture in NZ
178.100 Intro to Macroeconomics
178.110 The New Zealand Economy
230.121 Future State: NZ in the 21st Century
279.101 Intro to Social Policy

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.

Requirements

You start your study of politics with the Introduction to Politics which you can align with some other associated topics. The study of Politics rests on four pillars: political theory, public policy, comparative politics and international relations. Each of these topics is covered in the more advanced courses which you will be required to study.

Major

A major consists of 135 credits (nine courses) in Politics including 200.161 and 200.162.

Minor

A minor consists of 75 credits in Politics including 200.161; at least one of 200.215 or 200.261; 15 credits at 300-level; 15 credits at 200- or 300-level, and 15 credits at any level from the Politics schedule. The minor must include at least 60-credits from 200-prefix courses.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the 'Regulations' button.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

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