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INTS502 International Politics

Contending international theories, actors in the international system, security dimensions and key issues in global politics.

This course seeks to highlight the forces of continuity in modern international politics. It is designed to extend a studentÔÇÖs grasp of the subject, both in systemic terms at the international level and in terms of the units that make up the system.

Paper title International Politics
Paper code INTS502
Subject International Studies
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,967.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,725.00

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Limited to
Teaching staff
Professor Robert Patman
Paper Structure
The paper surveys the main theories of international relations, as well as a variety of key concepts.

The basic topics covered include:
  1. Levels of Analysis and Causal Argument
  2. Realism
  3. Liberalism
  4. Constructivism
  5. IR theory and the end of the Cold War
This paper is internally assessed and consists of two components. The first consists of a single review essay of between 2,000 to 2,500 words (not more) that critically evaluates the required readings from one particular week. The review essay also forms the basis of an in-class presentation, which all students are required to make. The second component consists of a final examination.
E-reserve on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who take this paper will acquire a critical understanding of the major theories of international relations, the actors on the international stage, strategic dimensions of the subject, and some of the major issues in world politics since the end of the Cold War.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22