New Zealand in the World

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Zealand in the World

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 100-level INTP or POLS pts

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

    Learning Objectives
    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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