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POLS550 Comparative Regional Conflicts

Comparative consideration of sources, dynamics, and implications of regional conflicts, for example in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Exploration of interactions of local and international politics in regional crises.

This paper considers the origins, evolutions and outcomes of major regional conflicts in a comparative context. The lecturer will concentrate on cases in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union for illustration of more general themes. For your own projects and seminars you will be free to examine cases in other regions. We shall apply comparative politics, nationalism and international relations theories to these conflicts while exploring the practical working-out of such concepts as 'failed states', 'proxy war', and 'new wars'.

Paper title Comparative Regional Conflicts
Paper code POLS550
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,679.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,250.00

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Limited to
Teaching staff

Associate Professor James Headley

No required textbook or course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the paper, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual approaches to studying comparative regional conflicts;
  • Show knowledge of issues and themes in contemporary regional conflicts;
  • Identify relevant sources for analysing regional conflicts;
  • Apply their understanding and knowledge in written analysis and through oral presentation.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-16, 18-22