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Public Policy

Explore how national, regional and local state institutions formulate and implement policies when you study Public Policy at Waikato. You'll also examine how non-profit organisations, individuals and businesses address issues of public concern.

Government decisions influence our lives on a daily basis. They affect the price of our housing, clothes, food, transport and water. They determine the types of jobs we do, how much we are paid and where we live.

Studying Public Policy equips you with the skills to understand and interpret current affairs, deal with government in your future profession or business, and work within government or for groups that lobby government. It is particularly suitable for students who want a career in the public sector, and for employees of organisations that are seeking to influence public policies.

At Waikato, Public Policy is an interdisciplinary subject. That means you can combine it with programmes from a variety of other disciplines, creating a programme of study to suit your needs. The major in Public Policy offers both structure and flexibility – there's a compulsory paper at each level of study, but you'll also have the freedom to focus on the particular policy areas that most interest you. Choose from papers on economic, educational, environmental, ethnic, foreign, population and social policy.

In your studies you'll discuss theories of organisation, decision-making and administration, public management, and how public officials work and interact with the public sector and the political executive. You'll learn to examine policies in the context of political values and culture, economic constraints and political party agendas, and come to understand how and why particular policies are adopted by governments.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
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Career opportunities

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Foreign Policy Advisor
  • Health Sector Analyst
  • Māori Development Policy Adviser
  • Policy Analyst and Planner

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
POLSC100Playing Politics: Conflict, Co-operation and Choice18A (Hamilton) & 18T (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 public policy, with a particular focus on the New Zealand government context and the "politics" of policy making.

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.
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.
POLCY212Public Policy: International Perspectives18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the theory and practice of public policy and comparative policy analysis.
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
ECON313Economics of Human Resources and Public PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
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.
ECON317Economics, Law and PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (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
ECON413Economics of Human Resources and Public PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
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.

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 POLS501, 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 POLS591), POLS501, 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 and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Public Policy papers or all of their undergraduate Public Policy papers, or

b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Public Policy (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

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 POLS501, one of POLS531 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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DEVS504State Policies on Indigenous Development18A (Online)
This paper will undertake a comparative examination of changing state policies regarding indigenous rights and development in the Pacific region. The paper will consider factors influencing these changes, how 'disadvantage' is understood, how the effects of different policy approaches are evaluated, and the involvement and response...
HDVP504Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health Development and Policy: Frameworks for AnalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HDVP505Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health Development and Policy: Systems for Health DeliveryThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
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.
POLS504Gender, Justice and the EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
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)
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 ...
SOCP506Social Policy: Comparative Approaches18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a theoretical grounding and applied dimension to comparative perspectives in social policy and welfare. Students develop a critical awareness of diversity in policy.
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.
SOCP509Comparative Criminology: Issues and Policy18B (Hamilton)
Students will study criminological issues of various countries and the ideologies that underlie the policies and practices of criminal justice systems.
SOCY503Criminology from a Sociological Perspective18A (Online)
This paper surveys criminological theory from a sociological perspective and uses examples of criminological research to develop a critical awareness of New Zealand issues and policies related to criminal behaviour.
SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative Research18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an advanced investigation of the conduct of qualitative interviewing culminating in students undertaking their own tape-recorded in-depth interviews.
SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey Research18A (Hamilton)
This paper has been designed to explore quantitative approaches to research with a particular focus on structured and semi-structured data collection techniques. It is intended that students gain a first hand appreciation of the practical aspects of the survey approach as well as a critical view of its appropriateness, strengths an...
WGST506Theorising Gender18A (Hamilton)
The purpose of this paper is to extend and enhance students' engagement with current theoretical debates in contemporary feminist and gender theory, with a focus on the linguistic, social, cultural and political construction of gendered subjectivities.
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.

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Public Policy Programme


Public Policy is available as a major for the BSocSc. Public Policy 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 Public Policy, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Public Policy, including POLS212 and at least 60 points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Public Policy include POLS105 in the first year of their programme of study.


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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4702
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: pubp-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: pubp-grad@waikato.ac.nz