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Critically examines philosophical and practical underpinnings of Pacific Island political systems, and compares these with nation-state and democratic theory. Also compares and contrasts different Pacific Island country political systems.
Taking a critical theory approach to the study of politics and geopolitics in order to understand a region that is central to New Zealand foreign policy, and important to geopolitical rivalry between countries such as the United States, China, Taiwan and Australia. The paper seeks to build a robust understanding of the Pacific and how it should be engaged, particularly from a New Zealand foreign policy perspective.
|Paper title||Pacific Geopolitics in the 21st Century|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2021 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,073.40|
- 18 200-level POLS points or (18 100-level POLS points and 18 200-level PACI points)
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
- Teaching staff
To be confirmed when next offered
- Paper Structure
- Key stages in the development of Pacific nation-states are examined using critical theories.
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories and current areas of debate in comparative politics, politics in the Pacific region, and geopolitics.