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Missile Strikes in Syria Expose Untenable Role of UNSC

Professor Robert Patman discusses the missle strikes in Syria.

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Assoc Prof Vicki Spencer

NZ should take more refugees

Vicki Spencer looks at the refugee crisis and the UN’s 1967 Protocol.

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Politics has a record number of graduating PhD and MA students in one year!

The Department of Politics has had an exceptional 18 months (2017-2018) in producing a raft of PhDs and an outstanding MA (by thesis). Altogether, ten PhDs (primarily supervised by staff in Politics), plus another PhD in which staff played a secondary supervisory role, graduated – the most ever in the 51-year history of the Department.

Why we still take Karl Marx seriously

It is not surprising that there is today renewed interest in the thought of Karl Marx, whose 200th birthday is celebrated on the 5th of May. After all, there are uncanny similarities between the condition of global capitalism today and what it was in the late 19th century, when his writings found a ready audience even in far-flung New Zealand.

Politics Students Association (POLSA)

Friday, 8 June 2018

POLSA was established by students who recognized a lack of student support and open intra-departmental communication. We believe that if we come together, our university experience can be enriched! Chuck us a like to keep up to date with the latest social and academic events relevant to all Pols students. Don't forget to sign up if you want a say in how this group runs, and for discounts in ticketed events!

NZ should take more refugees

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. This is the 11th in a series of reflections on politics over the past 50 years. This month Vicki A. Spencer looks at the refugee crisis and the UN’s 1967 Protocol.

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Professor Janine Hayward, New Zealand Politics

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Professor Janine Hayward, New Zealand Politics

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