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

9:41am

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.

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Why we still take Karl Marx seriously

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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.

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Politics Students Association (POLSA)

Friday, 8 June 2018 12:21pm

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!

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NZ should take more refugees

Thursday, 16 November 2017 9:18am

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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Party of contradictions leads China into the future

Monday, 16 October 2017 4:05pm

The Department of Politics at the University of Otago celebrates its 50th year in 2017. This is the 10th in a series of reflections on politics over the past 50 years. This month, Nicholas Khoo writes about China.

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Similarities and differences to 1966 election

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 9:13am

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates 50 years of teaching and research this year. This is the ninth in a series of reflections on politics during the past 50 years. This month, Janine Hayward and Chris Rudd look back at New Zealand politics in 1966.

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Prioritising "Order" and Causing Chaos: The International Subversion of Sovereignty in Kosovo - 31 August

Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:28am

Open lecture: Prioritising "Order" and Causing Chaos: The International Subversion of Sovereignty in Kosovo

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Politics PhD candidate gets lecturing position even before she graduates!

Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:42am

The Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at Rangsit University in Thailand was so impressed with Otago PhD candidate Nutthathiratta (Jib) Withitwinyuchon that they appointed her to a full-time teaching position in February 2017 even before she completed her PhD.

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The politics of reproduction

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 9:29am

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates 50 years of teaching and research this year. This is the eighth of a monthly series of reflections on politics during the past 50 years. This month, Carla Lam asks what reproduction has got to do with politics in 2017.

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Politics PhD receives exceptional recognition

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 8:47am

Luca J. Uberti’s will graduate with a PhD at the next graduation ceremony of the University of Otago. His PhD thesis has been placed on the Dean’s List of Exceptional Theses, a rare honour bestowed only on the very best of PhDs.