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Politics papers

100-level

Semester 1

  • POLS 104 International Relations – Introduction
  • POLS 105 Comparative Politics – Introduction

Semseter 2

  • POLS 101 Political Philosophy – Basic Problems
  • POLS 102 New Zealand Politics – Introduction

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200-level

Semester 1

  • POLS 218 Interventions, Peacekeeping and the Global South
  • POLS 230 Special Topic: Comparative Indigenous Politics
  • POLS 243 Political Ideologies
  • POLS 250 International Security in a Globalizing World
  • PHPE 202 Political Economy 1: Method, Philosophy, Applications

Semseter 2

Not offered in 2023

200-level recommendations and options

We highly recommend students consider taking ENGL228 Writing for the Professions. This paper will help develop your skills at writing memos, letters, proposals and reports.

For further information, please contact:

Email english@otago.ac.nz

One of the following can be substituted for one 200-level paper in the POLS major with Head of Programme approval (please note that substitutions are not possible in the POLS minor):

300-level

Summer school

Semester 1

Semester 2

Not offered in 2023

  • POLS 303 New Zealand's Political Economy
  • POLS 308 United States Foreign Policy since 1945
  • POLS 318 Chinese Foreign Policy
  • POLS 326 Politics of the Arabian Peninsula
  • POLS 375 Human Rights - From the Cradle to the Grave

Paper substitutions

The following papers can be substituted for a 300-level POLS paper:

  • CLAS 346 Power and Politics in Roman and Modern Times
  • HUMS 301 Internship Practicum - Relevant work experience undertaken in an approved workplace, enabling the application of skills acquired in an academic environment.
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400-level

Semester 1

No 400-level papers offered S1 2023.

Semester 2

  • POLS 475 The Ethics and Politics of Resistance
    A paper in PPE
    Co-taught with POLS 512

Not offered in 2023

  • POLS 402 Community, Culture and Rights
    A paper in PPE, Indigenous Development and Gender Studies Honours
    Co-taught with POLS 510

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500-level

Semester 1

  • POLS 501 “The Political”: Theory and Practice
  • POLS 521 Politics and Society
  • POLS 541 International Relations and the Global South
  • INTS 502 International Politics
  • INTS 504 International Legal Issues

Semester 2

  • POLS 512 The Ethics and Politics of Resistance
  • POLS 520 New Zealand Government and Politics
  • POLS 550 Comparative Regional Conflicts

Full year

Not offered in 2023

  • POLS 510 Community, Culture and Rights
  • POLS 540 International Relations Theory
  • POLS 552 Comparative State/Minority Politics
  • POLS 553 The Global Politics of Poverty and Inequality

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