Public Policy (2018)

Public policy papers can be taken as part of an interdisciplinary programme of study, and they will allow you to combine real world knowledge of government with a variety of majors across all faculties. They equip you with the ability to understand and interpret the most important issues of the day, including international affairs, environmental sustainability, security and crime, and social policies such as health care and housing affordability. Public Policy prepares you to deal with government in your future profession and business, work within government, and work for groups that lobby government.

Public Policy is available as a minor within any undergraduate degree, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Public Policy as a minor, students must gain 60 points in Public Policy, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must include POLCY102, POLCY212, and POLCY318.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Public Policy in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(PP) and GradDip(PP)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Public Policy at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(PP), PGDip(PP), BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Public Policy papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Public Policy papers or all their undergraduate Public Policy papers.

    To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including POLSC501, and a further 60 points from the papers listed for Public Policy.

    To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Public Policy, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally POLSC591), POLSC501, and a further 60 points from the papers listed for Public Policy. Students will be permitted to substitute a maximum of 30 points with papers from another subject or subjects.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Public Policy, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BSocSc with a major in Public Policy with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

    b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Public Policy (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).

    Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Public Policy vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including POLSC501, and POLSC537, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B average to be admitted to POLSC592, at least a B+ average to be admitted to POLSC593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to POLSC594.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    POLSC100Playing Politics: Conflict, Co-operation and Choice18T (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to some of the basic concepts used in thinking about politics: conflict, cooperation, collective choice, and power.
    POLSC102New Zealand Politics and Policy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a foundation for the study of political science and public policy, with a particular focus on the study of government, politics and policy in New Zealand.
    SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECONS204Economics of Land, Water and Environment18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with a detailed understanding of the role of economic analysis in solving real world environmental problems including pollution, sustainable development, resource scarcity, and climate change.
    EDSOC200Education and New Zealand Society18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects. It examines how the interrelationships between education and society change over time.
    LEGAL201Public Law18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
    Part One examines the principles of constitutionalism and the framework of the New Zealand system of government. Part Two examines the exercise and control of executive power in New Zealand and the relationship between the state, its agencies and the individual.
    POLCY212Power, Politics and Policy Analysis18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to public policy analysis. Students focus on the role of politics, public participation and policy in addressing society's big problems, how they are framed and defined, and how solutions are developed and implemented within the context of the policy process.
    POLSC211Political Systems around the World18A (Hamilton)
    The paper introduces the comparative study of political institutions, the study of the politics of a number of countries, their similarities and differences, from established democracies toauthoritarian regimes.
    POLSC224Terrorism, Violence and the State18A (Hamilton)
    Terrorism is an increasingly prominent global phenomenon. We will clarify it conceptually and situate it historically with theory and case studies in situating it in comparative political and International Relations analysis.
    POPST201Population Studies18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
    SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECON315Environmental and Natural Resource Economics18A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the economics of sustainable development, resource use, pollution control and the conservation of the environment, including practical applications.
    FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
    LBST301Globalisation and International Development18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the impact of globalisation on labour across both developed and developing countries. Assignments focus on the application of comparative methods.
    POLS301International Relations: The Context, Theory and Practice of New Zealand Foreign Policy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a comprehensive examination of NZ foreign policy, its evolution and practice since WWI. It considers NZ's foreign policy fundamentals, the role of major political parties, and NZ's involvement in major foreign conflicts and controversies.
    POLS318Global Environmental Politics and Policy18A (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to understand and critically evaluate the development of environmental policy and the politics of environmental policy processes in the international arena.
    POLS327Political Ideas18T (Hamilton)
    An introduction to a range of issues in contemporary political philosophy, in particular issues relating to questions of justice. The focus is on the examination of arguments and the clarification of concepts.
    POLS390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    SOCP302Social Policy18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on developing a critical approach to the formulation, content and implementation of New Zealand social policy in an international context. It examines a variety of contemporary policy domains, all of which, in some way, affect the wellbeing of children and families. The paper provides knowledge and skills relevan...
    WGST303Gender, State and Public Policy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to feminist political theory concerned with issues of state, policy, equality/equity, social justice, rights and representation.
  • 400 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECON415Environmental and Natural Resource Economics18A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the economics of resource use, pollution control and the conservation of the environment, including practical applications.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PCSS508Education Policy and Society18A (Hamilton)
    A critical analysis of educational policies and practices, with particular references to New Zealand.
    POLS501The Policy Process and Policy Analysis18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to theoretical perspectives on policy analysis and the policy process providing a conceptual tool-kit for the practice of, and higher level research in, public policy.
    POLS537Environmental Politics and Public Policy18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the complexities and challenges of environmental policy processes, and develops skills in scholarly research on environmental policy making. A significant focus of the paper is on analysing and understanding the complex intersections of institutions, culture, science and technology, and systems of ...
    POLS590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    POLS591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    POLS592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    POLS593Political Science Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    POLS594Political Science Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    POPS508Population Health and Equity18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores population health within particular communities, emphasising the broader determinants of population health and social equity. It introduces students to aspects of epidemiology, considers demographic and social science perspectives, and explores the relationship between health, community and society. It examines ...
    SOCP508Techniques for Policy Analysis18B (Hamilton)
    This paper exposes students to a selection of techniques in the policy toolkit that can be applied to problem solving in social policy issues. It also reflects on the values and assumptions underlying methods. Students wil be taught to apply policy methods critically and in context.
    WGST507Gender, Policy and Development18B (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to facilitate students' understandings of, and critical reflections on, policy and practice relevant to gender and development, and to simultaneously enhance their skills in research and gender analysis.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 14 January 2020 10:07am

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