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POLS550 Comparative Regional Conflicts

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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.

Considers the origins, evolutions and outcomes of major regional conflicts in a comparative context. The lecturer will concentrate on Middle Eastern cases such as the Syria/Iraq crisis and the conflicts in Libya and Yemen for illustration of more general themes. For your own projects and seminars you will be free to test other cases in other regions. We shall apply comparative politics and international relations theory to these conflicts, while exploring the practical working-out of such concepts as "failed state," "structure and agency" and "proxy war."

Paper title Comparative Regional Conflicts
Paper code POLS550
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,732.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,678.00

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Teaching staff

Dr Leon Goldsmith

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

Students who successfully complete this paper 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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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41