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POLS213 New Zealand Foreign Policy

New Zealand’s relations with major countries, its policy in regions of interest, and its position in respect to contemporary issues in international politics.

An examination of New Zealand foreign policy through international relations theories, critical theory, security, trade, and moral considerations, and key bilateral relations with countries like the United States, and multilateral relations with organisations such as the United Nations.

Paper title New Zealand Foreign Policy
Paper code POLS213
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with POLS 233 passed in 2005 or 2006.
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Teaching staff
Dr Iati Iati
Paper Structure
Approximately one third of the paper is devoted to developing a conceptual framework for understanding New Zealand foreign policy; one third to key issues such as security, multilateralism and morality; and one third to key bilateral and multilateral relations.
Course reader available for purchase, plus a e-copy available on Blackboard.
Course outline
View the course outline for POLS 213
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills using international relations concepts, theories, and current areas of debate in the study of New Zealand foreign policy, and small state theory.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 30-34, 36-39
A2 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 30-34, 36-39
A3 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-39