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POLS218 Interventions, Peacekeeping and the Global South

Theories, causes and effects of interventions in the Global South in the form of invasions to install new regimes, covert operations, peacekeeping missions, and post-conflict, multilateral programmes.

Paper title Interventions, Peacekeeping and the Global South
Paper code POLS218
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points
POLS 304
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Dr Lena Tan
Paper Structure


  • Mid-semester test
  • 2,000-word policy brief
  • Final exam
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

View a sample course outline for POLS 218. (Students taking this paper should refer to blackboard for the current course outline)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Communication, Self-motivation, Scholarship, Global perspective.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will:
  1. Understand the broad spectrum of interventions that have taken place and continue to take place in the Global South
  2. Understand the various theories regarding the causes of civil conflicts and peacekeeping
  3. Analyse some major conflicts around the world that have involved external intervention and have a better understanding of the factors that contribute to the success and failure of various forms of intervention
  4. Develop analytical, research and writing skills
  5. Carry out independent and self-directed research and present the findings in a written research essay and policy brief

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 12, 18-20
A2 Thursday 15:00-15:50 12, 18-20