Teaching

In Trimester 2 I teach two lectures at Victoria University of Wellington:

 

POLS 114: Introduction to Comparative Politics (Lecture, co-taught w/ Fiona Barker)

What can we learn by comparing the politics and governments of different countries? This course examines competing explanations for democratic and authoritarian regimes including economic, cultural and institutional theories of state development. These theories are then applied to several case studies.

Students who pass this course should be able to:

1. Identify the purpose and limitations of the comparative method and apply this method to analyze cause and effect in selected case studies
2. Critically engage with political arguments and evidence
3. Compare the political systems of selected countries and contrast the effects of these systems on political outcomes
4. Use theory and empirical data to write well-structured and clearly argued essays on comparative politics.

 

POLS 232: Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Elections (lecture, co-taught w/ Jack Vowles)

This course will focus on public opinion and voting behaviour. It introduces students to people’s opinions on various policies and how that relates to their party preferences.

Students who pass this course should be able to:

1. Analyse and apply the literature and theories regarding public opinion and voting behaviour.
2. Understand and evaluate the key concepts associated with public opinion and voting behaviour.
3. Interpret empirical evidence related to public opinion and voting behaviour.