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Department of Politics news and events 

University of Otago announces academic promotions

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 2:45pm

Seventeen University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Politics Spring Lecture Series 2018

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 2:35pm

This series of four, free, open to the public, lectures are sponsored by the University of Otago Department of Politics. If you missed out on attending any of the panels we have recordings of them but make sure you get along to the next one!

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Winston Peters opens 53rd Otago Foreign Policy School

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 7:06pm

The Director of this year’s University of Otago Foreign Policy School, Professor Robert Patman, says last weekend’s event was the most successful and best attended that he has been involved in.

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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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Why we still take Karl Marx seriously

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 9:45am

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

Monday, 4 June 2018 8:40am

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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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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Opinion: Election 2017 – Coming first is not the same as winning

Thursday, 26 October 2017 1:38pm

The 2017 general election is likely to be remembered for two things: the extraordinary rise of Jacinda Ardern from deputy Labour Party leader to Prime Minister, and as the first MMP election when the largest party did not form the government, writes the Head of Otago’s Department of Politics Professor Janine Hayward.

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Otago Humanities thinkers bring ideas into the mix at Queenstown’s Jazzfest

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 9:49am

'MindJam', a new exciting collaboration between the University of Otago Division of Humanities and Queenstown’s Catalyst Trust will form part of this weekend’s 40th Queenstown JazzFest, giving the chance for festival-goers to feed their minds when not otherwise occupied filling their ears with the sweet sounds of jazz.

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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.