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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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I came to Otago to study because I loved the multi-disciplinarity of the Master of International Studies degree.
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PPE gives you the substantial depth in a cohesive breadth of disciplines that prepares you for jobs in a range of fields, such as politics, business and journalism.
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