Global initiatives are largely determined by international politics. Studying international relations will give you a better understanding of the causes and problems associated with historical and current world affairs. By identifying and assessing the complexities of power politics at the national, regional and global level through theoretical frameworks and real-life case studies, students will gain a greater understanding of how the world really functions. International relations papers incorporate special guest lectures from diplomats, military personnel, and industry leaders.

The International Relations major includes 8 compulsory papers (two of which are 50.501 Introduction to International Relations and 50.610 Internationalism), 6 language and/or culture papers, 8 specialty papers and 2 electives.

2 papers at level 5

  • 50.514 NZ-East Asian Relations (15 credits)
  • 50.515 Introduction to Politics Studies (15 credits)

3 papers at level 6

  • 50.611 Human Rights (15 credits)
  • 50.612 Politics of the Free Market (15 credits)
  • 50.615 South East Asia (15 credits)

Choose 3 papers at level 7

  • 50.711 War and Peace: Security and Stability (15 credits)
  • 50.712 Foreign Policy in the Information Age (15 credits)
  • 50.713 North East Asia (15 credits)
  • 50.714 Politics of the Environment (15 credits)
  • 20.711 Social Conflict in Modern Japan (15 credits)
  • 20.713 Japanese Foreign Policy (15 credits)

Career opportunities

  • Civil Defense
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Military
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO)
  • Public Services
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