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POLS228 Contemporary Issues in Global Politics

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Focuses on the emergence of contemporary developments such as new actors, regionalism, new media, refugees, the digitisation of international life and global environmental problems, and their impact on world politics.

Paper title Contemporary Issues in Global Politics
Paper code POLS228
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second 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
Schedule C
Arts and Music

18 100-level POLS points


Teaching staff

Dr Lena Tan


There is no textbook for this course

Course outline

Available in semester two, 2020

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand contemporary developments and changes in twenty-first century global politics.
  2. Understand how and why these new developments and trends will have an impact on global affairs.
  3. Analyse and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of mainstream International Relations theories in light of these developments.
  4. Demonstrate 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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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 30-31, 33-34, 36-38
A2 Monday 14:00-14:50 30-31, 33-34, 36-38
A3 Monday 15:00-15:50 30-31, 33-34, 36-38