POLS315-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Global Politics: Political Economy of Contemporary Democracies

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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.

Course Coordinator

Alex Tan

General Notes

[1] As this is a seminar course, there are on average three (3) required readings per week that students will be expected to have read on the day the readings are assigned.  
[2] Students are expected to be in attendance in class and be prepared to discuss the readings.
[3] Students who are still enrolled after the end of the second week of term are assumed to have read and understood and agreed to abide to all the requirements for the completion of this course.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reading summary/summary slides/presentation 15% Summary (600-750 words), powerpoint slides (max. 5 slides) on the reading they are assigned to summarize and a class presentation - 5% each
Class participation 10% Note: students missing four (4) or more seminar classes will automatically forfeit all of their class participation grade.
Midterm 'in-class' test 30 Mar 2023 35%
End-of-term 'in-class' test 01 Jun 2023 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Readings will be provided by the instructor through the class LEARN site or are available through the UC library.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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 .

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