Courses - Faculty of Arts


Public Policy

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

POLICY 701
15 Points

Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Provides a solid practical and theoretical basis for public policy analysis. Examines criteria for effective policy-making as well as competing models of the policy process. Concepts and approaches covered include: problem definition, writing policy briefs, project implementation, reflexive policy-making, cost-benefit and impact analysis. Students will use these concepts and methods to explore substantive topics of their choice.

Restriction: POLITICS 748

POLICY 702
15 Points

Economics of Policy

Applies economic reasoning to current problems in policy and government. Covers behavioural models in economics; the structure of the macroeconomic system; taxation; market failure; and problems of collective choice.

Prerequisite: STATS 101 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

POLICY 737
15 Points

Applied Policy Project

Supervised project on an applied policy topic agreed between the student and a nominated supervisor. Students will produce a project proposal, progress report, dissemination plan, final report, and reflective comments.

Prerequisite: POLICY 701 or 769

Restriction: POLITICS 737, 774

POLICY 769
15 Points

Advanced Research Skills

Examination of qualitative and quantitative methods of research design, execution, analysis and interpretation. Particular attention is paid to computer-assisted data analysis methods such as Nvivo and SPSS and benefits of employing multiple methods when utilising datasets such as the New Zealand Election Survey and the International Social Survey Programme. Requires the completion of independent research exercises culminating in both a qualitative and quantitative research report.

Restriction: POLITICS 769, SOCIOL 701, SOCSCRES 702, 703

POLICY 790
30 Points

POLICY 790A
15 Points

POLICY 790B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in POLICY 790 A and B, or POLICY 790

POLICY 792
45 Points

POLICY 792A
22.5 Points

POLICY 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

Develops students' ability to design and undertake a policy-related research project under supervision and to present a written report of 15,000 words.

Prerequisite: POLICY 769

To complete this course students must enrol in POLICY 792 A and B, or POLICY 792

POLICY 794A
45 Points

POLICY 794B
45 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in POLICY 794 A and B

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