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POLS550 Comparative Regional Conflicts

Comparative consideration of sources, dynamics, and implications of regional conflicts, for example in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Exploration of interactions of local and international politics in regional crises.

Considers the origins, evolutions and outcomes of major regional conflicts in a comparative context. The lecturer will concentrate on cases in the Balkans and Eurasia for illustration of more general themes. For your own projects and seminar presentations you will examine specific aspects of these cases or cases in other regions. We will apply comparative politics, nationalism and international relations theories to these conflicts, while exploring the practical working-out of such concepts as ‘new wars’, ‘proxy wars’, and ‘failed states’.

Paper title Comparative Regional Conflicts
Paper code POLS550
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,810.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Associate Professor James Headley

No required textbook or course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual approaches to studying comparative regional conflicts
  • Show knowledge of issues and themes in contemporary regional conflicts
  • Identify relevant sources for analysing regional conflicts
  • Apply their understanding and knowledge in written analysis and through oral presentation

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41