“Politics” means different things to different people.
Politics is a broad umbrella for a range of different areas of study and research. The Politics Programme is home to experts in a number of those areas, allowing students to choose from a rich variety of papers and specialise in an aspect of Politics of most interest to them.
Students are welcome to discuss their options with the co-ordinator of each stream.
Political Theory deals with the BIG ISSUES: what is a good and just society? What is power? Is freedom always a good thing?
If you want to learn how to engage in thoughtful arguments about politics in its broadest sense, Political Theory is for you.
Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
- POLS101 Political Philosophy - Basic Problems
- POLS202 Theories of Justice (this paper can also be taken as part of the Criminology Minor)
- POLS301 Power and Liberty
- POLS307 Nature, Conflict, and the State
- POLS312 Ethics and International Relations
- POLS323 Marxism: Classical and Contemporary
- POLS375 Human Rights: From the Cradle to the Grave
- POLS501 "The Political": Theory & Practice
- POLS402/510 Community, Culture and Rights (POLS402 can be taken as part of PHPE, Indigenous Development and Gender Studies Honours without the need to seek special permission)
- POLS475/512 The Ethics and Politics of Resistance
New Zealand Politics/Policy Studies
The politics and policies of government shape our lives in various ways. To understand how and why this is so, you need to do more than read a few electronic news sources – you need to study central aspects of New Zealand Politics.
Accordingly this stream helps you to learn more about New Zealand’s governmental institutions and policy-making, elections and political parties, political culture, role of the media, political economy, neoliberalism, class, gender and ethnicity, Maori politics, environmental issues, political inequality, and New Zealand’s foreign policy.
Dr Chris Rudd
- POLS 102 New Zealand Politics – Introduction
- POLS 207 Environmental Politics
- POLS 213 New Zealand Foreign Policy
- POLS 221 New Zealand Political Parties and Elections
- POLS 303 New Zealand’s Political Economy
- POLS 306 Politics and the Media in New Zealand
- POLS 319 Treaty Politics
- POLS 321 Public Policy in New Zealand
- POLS 520 New Zealand Government and Politics
- POLS 521 Politics and Society
International Relations (IR) focuses on understanding and explaining the relations between states, issues of war and peace, the possibilities for international cooperation, the causes of inequality, and how the international system evolved and developed.
Dr Lena Tan
- POLS 104 International Relations – Introduction
- POLS 211 Global Political Economy
- POLS 213 New Zealand Foreign Policy
- POLS 216 Politics of the European Union
- POLS 217 War and Politics
- POLS 218 Interventions, Peacekeeping and the Global South
- POLS 228 Contemporary Issues in International Relations
- POLS 234 Asian Security (may be taken as part of the Asian Studies degree)
- POLS 250 International Security in a Globalising World
- POLS 308 United States Foreign Policy since 1945
- POLS 312 Ethics and International Relations
- POLS 318 Chinese Foreign Policy
- POLS 325 International Relations: Concepts and Theories
- POLS 326 Politics of the Arabian Peninsula
- POLS 540 International Relations Theory
- POLS 541 International Relations and the Global South
- POLS 553 The Global Politics of Poverty and Inequality
Comparative Politics/Area Studies
Comparative Politics tries to identify similarities and differences between governmental and political systems, in order to answer questions such as: are some systems more effective than others? how do people participate in politics? does culture affect politics?
Area studies addresses such questions by focusing on particular parts of the world, such as the Middle East or Europe.
Associate Professor James Headley