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POLS213 New Zealand Foreign Policy

New Zealand’s relations with major countries, its policy in regions of interest, and its position in respect to contemporary issues in international politics.

This paper explores the psychology of decision making in the context of New Zealand foreign policy. When do leaders make mistakes, neglect critical information or latch on to dreams and delusions? Alternatively, how do they get assessments right, or stick to their principles when under pressure to reject them? Lectures will include invited guests: diplomats, prime ministers' advisers, intelligence analysts, journalists and political leaders.

Paper title New Zealand Foreign Policy
Paper code POLS213
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with POLS233 passed in 2005 or 2006.
Teaching staff

Professor Robert Patman

Paper Structure

Internally assessed. Theories of decision making, New Zealand case studies, practical foreign policy solving.


Readings are on eReserve via Blackboard and in the Central Library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills using international relations and political psychology concepts, theories, and current areas of debate in the study of New Zealand foreign policy.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-40
A2 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 30-34, 36-40
A3 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
A4 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 30-34, 36-40
A5 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 30-34, 36-40
A6 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-40