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Politics at Otago

The Department of Politics is a vibrant community of experts from many different countries who take students and students’ interests seriously.

The lecturers are all experts in their fields, and all are actively engaged in research which enriches their teaching.

The Department offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) undergraduate degrees for students who want to get the opportunity to explore the big questions: Why should we consent to be governed? What is justice? Is war ever justified? Is democracy the best form of government? Many graduates also continue on to complete a Masters and/or PhD in the Department.

Politics at Otago offers opportunities to:

  • Explore the politics of New Zealand
  • Compare the politics of a range of countries and regions
  • Study conflicts and co-operation between states
  • Ask important theoretical questions about the nature of power and justice




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"Studying Politics at Otago provided me with an insight into the diversity of the world that I would otherwise not have gained."
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The core question of Del’s thesis is what enhances the ability of an armed force to adapt during conflict and what slows, disrupts or hinders that ability.
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"We’re very lucky to have the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago and I feel fortunate to be able to do postgraduate study here."
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