International Relations and Security Studies Papers at Tauranga (2020)

Like most states, New Zealand depends for its security and prosperity on regional and international stability. Its political, economic and societal well-being can be affected by, for example, major power relations; global financial crises; and the rise of violent extremist non-state actors and the responses to them. As a good international citizen, New Zealand seeks to play a role in the international institutions that try to uphold international law and order and to contribute to international stabilisation operations in various countries. Given the significance of such issues, International Relations and Security Studies provides students with the opportunity to pursue further study in various aspects of international relations and security, including aspects of international law and trade, and to focus on particular regions of concern (notably, South-East Asia). A wide range of different length dissertations and theses can be undertaken, allowing students to focus on areas of special interest to them.

International Relations and Security Studies is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in International Relations and Security Studies, students must complete at least 60 points in papers listed for the minor, including at least 30 above 100 level. Students must complete both IRSST103 and IRSST206.



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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    IRSST103Introduction to International Relations20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper provides an introduction to the study of international relations in an era of globalisation. It covers the historical background, key concepts and theories, case studies, and contemporary developments in the study of world politics.
    IRSST104Introduction to International Security20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This course is an introduction to the study of international security. It examines a variety of contemporary security issues and explores how and why conflict emerges in the international system.
    POLSC103Let's Get Political20A (Online) & 20A (Tauranga)
    Politics affects every aspect of our lives. This paper is an introduction to understanding political issues, helping you make your voice heard in debates about our future as a society.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    IRSST206International Relations: The Security Agenda20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces students to International Relations' dynamic and evolving security agenda and covers some of the most urgent contemporary security concerns.
    POLSC203The Politics of Collective Memory20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper analyses the political use of collective memory. Why do communities and nations decide to keep certain memories of the historical past alive while repressing and discarding others?
    POLSC229US Politics20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    Students in this course explore the foundational elements of the United States, its governing institutions, the extent of public influence within the system, and major contemporary policy issues that the country faces.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    POLSC301Political Communication in a Visual Age20A (Online) & 20A (Tauranga)
    How can different forms of visual communication be employed to promote one's political goals? Students will tackle this question through both theoretical and practical applications.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 22 May 2020 9:08am

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