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POLS550 Comparative Regional Conflicts

Comparative consideration of sources, dynamics, and implications of regional conflicts, for example in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Exploration of interactions of local and international politics in regional crises.

In POLS 550 we shall consider origins, evolutions, and outcomes of major regional conflicts in a comparative context.

Paper title Comparative Regional Conflicts
Paper code POLS550
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,614.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,400.00

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Limited to
MPols
Textbooks
No required textbook. No course reader.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor William Harris
Paper Structure
  • Weeks 1-3. Introduction to studying Comparative Regional Conflicts. Investigation of key themes and theoretical approaches:
    • regional security complexes and regional conflict formations
    • proxy wars
    • structure and agencyrelationship between ethnic/sectarian conflict and international security
    • application of International Relations theories.
  • Week 4. Discussion of students' literature reviews.
  • Week 5. Overview of conflict in the Middle East.
  • Weeks 6-7. Presentations on Middle East conflicts.
  • Weeks 8-9. Overview and presentations on conflicts in the Caucasus.
  • Weeks 10-11. Overview and presentations on conflicts in the Balkans.
  • Week 12. Overview and presentations on conflict in Ukraine.
  • Week 13. Conclusions.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual approaches to studying Comparative Regional Conflicts.
  • Show knowledge of issues and themes in contemporary regional conflicts.
  • Identify relevant sources for analysing regional conflicts.
  • Apply their understanding and knowledge in written analysis and through oral presentation.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22

Comparative consideration of sources, dynamics, and implications of regional conflicts, for example in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Exploration of interactions of local and international politics in regional crises.

In POLS 550 we shall consider origins, evolutions and outcomes of major regional conflicts in a comparative context.

Paper title Comparative Regional Conflicts
Paper code POLS550
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MPols
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor William Harris
Paper Structure
  • Weeks 1-3: Introduction to studying Comparative Regional Conflicts. Investigation of key themes and theoretical approaches:
    • regional security complexes and regional conflict formations
    • proxy wars
    • structure and agencyrelationship between ethnic/sectarian conflict and international security; application of International Relations theories
  • Week 4: Discussion of students' literature reviews
  • Week 5: Overview of conflict in the Middle East
  • Weeks 6-7: Presentations on Middle East conflicts
  • Weeks 8-9: Overview and presentations on conflicts in the Caucasus
  • Weeks 10-11: Overview and presentations on conflicts in the Balkans
  • Week 12: Overview and presentations on conflict in Ukraine
  • Week 13: Conclusions
Textbooks
No required textbook or course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual approaches to studying Comparative Regional Conflicts;
  • Show knowledge of issues and themes in contemporary regional conflicts;
  • Identify relevant sources for analysing regional conflicts;
  • Apply their understanding and knowledge in written analysis and through oral presentation.

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22