POLS308-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

International Politics: New Zealand Foreign Policy

30 points, 0.2500 EFTS
20 Feb 2017 - 25 Jun 2017


This course analyses New Zealand’s defence and foreign policy as it enters the century of the Pacific.

New Zealand is a small, Anglophone, multicultural, democratic, post-colonial state in a remote corner of the world; with a remarkably high level of international participation and interests. Our country’s history has pulled us into close alliances with the UK, USA, and Australia; but our trading relationships are increasingly pulling us in another direction: the dynamic Asia Pacific. Meanwhile, shifts in the global strategic environment are bringing about a rebalancing in the formerly relatively stable post-WWII global order. The outcome of all of this upheaval is hard to predict. How will New Zealand adjust to this changing geopolitical environment? Will we be forced to choose between continuing our military-strategic alliance with the USA or deepening our partnership with China? Could New Zealand choose a more independent foreign policy path? This course will critically examine New Zealand’s past and present foreign policy while exploring future foreign policy directions. The course will feature guest lectures from New Zealand foreign policy thought leaders. Students will be encouraged to engage critically with debates and help contribute to new thinking on New Zealand’s place in the world.

Learning Outcomes

Students will become knowledgeable about New Zealand foreign policy and will be familiar with the challenges and opportunities New Zealand faces in the current era.

Transferable skills:
Students will hone critical reading and information gathering; as well as advanced analytical, writing and presentation skills. They will develop advanced oral presentation skills and will learn how to write a policy paper.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:


30 points in POLS at 200 level. Students without 30 points at 200 level in POLS but with at least a B average in 75 points in appropriate courses may be admitted with the approval of the Programme Coordinator.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2017

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 16:00 Kirkwood KE05 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 E14 Lecture Theatre 20 Feb - 9 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Anne-Marie Brady

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,464.00

International fee $5,950.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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