New Zealand in the World
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
International Politics, Political Science
Taught In English
40 100-level INTP or POLS pts
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
This course examines New Zealand as an actor in world politics. It provides an introductory survey of New Zealand's external relations and their main domestic and international determinants. The material covers foreign and defence policy and also examines New Zealand's role in institutions such as the United Nations. The subject pays particular attention to New Zealand's changing relationships with Asia, the United States and Britain. Where appropriate, the class will utilise relevant expertise from organisations such as MFAT, Defence and the NZDF to provide 'real world' examples of New Zealand's foreign and security policy in practice. 100% internal assessment. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in POLS. See major requirements for details.
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. have a good grasp of New Zealand?s place in the international system, both in history
and at the present time
2. have a good understanding of contemporary issues in New Zealand?s international
3. display the ability to think critically about explanations for New Zealand policy and actions
4. display the ability to think critically about the existing literature on New Zealand foreign
Tutorial Participation- 10%
In-class test- 20%
Research essay- 35%
Final Exmaination- 35%
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