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    New Zealand’s relations with major countries, its policy in regions of interest, and its position in respect to contemporary issues in international politics.

    This paper explores the psychology of decision making in the context of New Zealand foreign policy. When do leaders make mistakes, neglect critical information or latch on to dreams and delusions? Alternatively, how do they get assessments right, or stick to their principles when under pressure to reject them? Lectures will include invited guests: diplomats, prime ministers' advisers, intelligence analysts, journalists and political leaders.

    About this paper

    Paper title New Zealand Foreign Policy
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with POLS233 passed in 2005 or 2006.
    Teaching staff

    Professor Robert Patman

    Paper Structure

    Internally assessed. Theories of decision making, New Zealand case studies, practical foreign policy solving.


    Readings are on eReserve via Blackboard and in the Central Library.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills using international relations and political psychology concepts, theories, and current areas of debate in the study of New Zealand foreign policy.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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