POLS308-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

International Politics: New Zealand Foreign Policy

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course will critically examine New Zealand’s past and present foreign policy while exploring future foreign policy directions.

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 strengthen oral presentation skills and will learn how to write a policy memo and policy paper.

University Graduate Attributes

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

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


Any 30 points at 200 level from POLS, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or
the Schedule V of the BCom.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 16:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
Putaiao Koiora 275 (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 - (22/4-27/5)
Rehua 003 Music (19/2-25/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
In-class test 30%
Policy memo 27 Mar 2020 20% A 'one-pager' policy memo
Policy paper 22 May 2020 50% 2,500 words

Textbooks / Resources

Reading materials are on the course LEARN page or else from direct link on the course outline. Set readings are given for each tutorial discussion on Fridays and students must read these texts before coming to class.

Note: A useful resource for your research is the publication NZ International Review. You can access recent copies online on the Informit database in the UC library and older hard copies on library shelves.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,553.00

International fee $6,750.00

* 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.

All POLS308 Occurrences

  • POLS308-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020