Find out what undergraduate study in Political Studies involves.
The Stage I courses you can take as part of Political Studies.
The Stage II courses you can take as part of Political Studies.
The Stage III courses you can take as part of Political Studies.
Information about postgraduate programmes in Political Studies.
The postgraduate courses you can take as part of Political Studies.
Information about PhD study in Political Studies.
Current Political Studies students and recent graduates tell their own stories.
Watch featured Department of Political Studies academics discuss their research.
The subject Political Studies is located within the Department of Political Studies.
Political Studies is about relationships that involve power, authority, influence, conflict, co-operation, selfishness and altruism.
Politics is not just what politicians do, although governments provide a large part of it. One of the basic questions we ask is "who gets what, when, and how?" Instruments of politics include discussion, propaganda, persuasion, legislation, administration, threats, bribes and the use of armed force.
Political Studies and your career
Political Studies can give you the tools to be successful in both the public and private sectors. Our graduates have become public servants, politicians, diplomats, entrepreneurs, business and marketing executives, consultants, policy analysts, journalists and members of international and non-governmental organisations. Some also have careers as university staff in New Zealand and abroad, not always in Political Studies. Read more about the alumni of the department.
Study options in Political Studies
Political Studies is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and is taught by the Department of Political Studies.