Critical examination of causal and contributing factors to conflicts and crises in the Pacific using different conceptual frameworks and evaluation of the appropriateness of New Zealand foreign policy in relation to these.
This paper uses critical theories to examine New Zealand foreign policy in relation to conflicts and crises across the Pacific region. In relation to each conflict/crisis, it seeks to understand key factors that shaped New Zealand's response. In nearly every case, the response was devoid of critical perspectives regarding issues of nation-states, nation building, race/ethnicity and politics, culture and politics, geopolitics, and resource exploitation. Some might argue this resulted in policies that were shallow, leading to unsustainable long-term solutions. Others might argue that these were the most effective, given the information available. We'll examine both sides and see whether adopting critical theories could have provided for better policies.
|Paper title||Conflicts, Crises and New Zealand Foreign Policy in the Pacific|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,713.25|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,512.50|
- POLS 419
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- View more information on the Department of Politics' website
- Teaching staff
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- Paper Structure
- Section 1 - Overview: Pacific conflicts and crises, and New zealand foreign policy (Week 1)
- Section 2 - Conflict and Nation-States: the papua-new Guinea/Bougainville conflict (Weeks 2-3)
- Section 3 - Conflict and Ethnicity: the Solomon Islands conflict (Weeks 4-5)
- Section 4 - Conflict and Race: the Fiji coups (Weeks 6-7)
- Section 5 - Conflict and Globalisation: Transnational crime (Weeks 8-9)
- Section 6 - Conflict and Regionalism: a regional approach to conflict resolution/management (Weeks 10-11)
- Section 7 - Paper conclusion: Comparative analysis of conflicts, crises and New Zealand foreign policy in the Pacific (Weeks 12-13)
Textbooks are not required for this paper, but there will be a course reader.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper, students will be able to:
- Provide critical commentary, both in oral and written form, concerning the major factors that have contributed to regional conflicts and crises.
- Identity and apply relevant conceptual frameworks and debates relating to conflicts and crises to case studies in the Pacific and similar case studies elsewhere.
- Provide critical commentary, both in oral and written form, concerning the appropriateness and efficacy of New Zealand foreign policy in relation to a number of cases in the Pacific.
- Produce analytical reports on conflicts and crises events within the Pacific region.