POLS308-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

International Politics: New Zealand Foreign Policy

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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

Aotearoa New Zealand is a small, 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? 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 to 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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

Anne-Marie Brady


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final exam 30%
Aide memoire 25 Mar 2021 20% 500-600 words
Policy advice paper 25 May 2021 50% 2500 words

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Brady, Anne-Marie; Small states and the changing global order : New Zealand faces the future ; SPRINGER, 2019 (Available directly via the Springer website in e, soft or hard cover version https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030188023; via an e-version in the UC Library, a hard copy can be read in the McMillan Brown Library at UC).

Or you can order it via the University Book Shop.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,570.00

International fee $7,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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

  • POLS308-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021