The Political Science programme will ask you why some crises lead to armed conflict while others resolve peacefully - why democracy thrives in some countries while it dies in others. We challenge you to learn lessons from international politics and to consider political solutions to international crises. We push you to consider tough questions like those involving equality and freedom - must one be sacrificed for the other to flourish?
Political Science is a highly flexible programme and will give you job opportunities from local to national government, media, education, industry, business, labour organisations and social services. We also offer a specialisation in International Relations and Security Studies which further allows you to investigate relevant contemporary events.
Political Science at Waikato not only gives you a well-rounded perspective on political issues but also provides a versatile base of knowledge and skills to enter many fields.
- Central and Local Government Officer
- Foreign Affairs and Trade Worker
- Māori Development Policy Adviser
- Media Analyst
- Policy Analyst
Study Political Science in any of these qualifications
|Playing Politics: Conflict, Co-operation and Choice||POLS100||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to International Relations||POLS103||15.0 Points|
|Conflicts and Crises in the Middle East and Asia||POLS104||15.0 Points|
|People and Policy||POLS105||15.0 Points|
|Political Life in the Ancient World: Citizens, Slaves and Emperors||POLS108||15.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS296||20.0 Points|
|Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction||PHIL215||20.0 Points|
|Politics and the Media||POLS200||20.0 Points|
|Major Political Thinkers||POLS201||20.0 Points|
|Surveillance and Accountability: A History of New Zealand's Security and Intelligence Agencies from 1845 to the Present||POLS202||20.0 Points|
|International Relations: The Security Agenda||POLS206||20.0 Points|
|Political Systems Around the World||POLS211||20.0 Points|
|Public Policy: International Perspectives||POLS212||20.0 Points|
|Terrorism, Violence and the State||POLS224||20.0 Points|
|The US and the World||POLS229||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS396||20.0 Points|
|Cyber Security and the Global Politics of the Internet||IRSS331||20.0 Points|
|Globalisation and the Nation State||LBST301||20.0 Points|
|Democracy, Justice and Equality||PHIL315||20.0 Points|
|War and Religion||POLS300||20.0 Points|
|International Relations: The Context, Theory and Practice of New Zealand Foreign Policy||POLS301||20.0 Points|
|European Integration||POLS314||20.0 Points|
|International Politics of India and Pakistan||POLS315||20.0 Points|
|Latin American Politics||POLS316||20.0 Points|
|Global Environmental Politics and Policy||POLS318||20.0 Points|
|Political Ideas||POLS327||20.0 Points|
|New Zealand Government and Politics||POLS328||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||POLS390||20.0 Points|
|Gender, State and Public Policy||WGST303||20.0 Points|
|Regulatory Regimes and the Global Economy||LAWS438||20.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the GradCert(PolSc) and GradDip(PolSc)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Political Science at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
|Strategy, Technology, and International Security||POLS505||15.0 Points|
|Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare||POLS507||15.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the PGCert(PolSc), PGDip(PolSc), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Political Science papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Political Science papers or all their undergraduate Political Science papers.
To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Political Science, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally POLS591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Political Science.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in Political Science, a student should have completed either:
a) a BA or BSocSc in Political Science or Public Policy (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Political Science or Public Policy papers or all of their undergraduate Political Science or Public Policy papers, or
b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Political Science or Public Policy (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.
Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Political Science vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including at least 60 points from POLS502, POLS503, POLS527 or POLS537, 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 POLS592, at least a B+ average to be admitted to POLS593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to POLS594.
|Ethnic and Indigenous Minorities||ANTH514||15.0 Points|
|Tribes, Empires, Nations||ANTH520||15.0 Points|
|Moral and Political Philosophy||PHIL533||15.0 Points|
|The Policy Process and Policy Analysis||POLS501||30.0 Points|
|Security Issues in South East Asia||POLS502||30.0 Points|
|Democratisation, Democracy and Mass Politics||POLS503||30.0 Points|
|Gender, Justice and the Environment||POLS504||15.0 Points|
|International Relations and Global Security||POLS506||30.0 Points|
|Strategic Issues in the Middle East||POLS527||30.0 Points|
|Issues in Public Policy and Administration||POLS531||30.0 Points|
|Environmental Politics and Public Policy||POLS537||30.0 Points|
|Directed Study||POLS590||30.0 Points|
|Political Science Thesis||POLS593||90.0 Points|
|Political Science Thesis||POLS594||120.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Political Science MPhil Thesis||POLS800||120.0 Points|
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
|Political Science PhD Thesis||POLS900||120.0 Points|
Political Science is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Political Science may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Political Science, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Political Science, including at least two of POLS201, POLS206, POLS211, and POLS212, and at least 60 points above 200 level.
International Relations and Security Studies specialisation
Within the BA and BSocSc Political Science majors, a specialisation in International Relations and Security Studies is available. This specialisation enables students to develop a particular knowledge of international relations and security theory, and relevant contemporary events.
To complete a specialisation in International Relations and Security Studies, students must meet the requirements of the major, with at least 95 points from the following papers: POLS103, POLS104, POLS206, POLS211, POLS224, POLS229, POLS314, POLS315, and POLS318.
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.