POLS308-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

International Politics: Aotearoa New Zealand Foreign Policy

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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

Aotearoa New Zealand, like other small states, is at a pivotal moment as it responds to a complex new security environment.  A series of events is putting massive pressure on the formerly relatively stable post-WWII international rules-based order. The outcome of all of this upheaval is hard to predict. How is New Zealand adjusting 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 Aotearoa 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 skills. They will strengthen oral presentation skills and will learn how to write a policy memo and policy paper.


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

Course Coordinator

Anne-Marie Brady


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Exam 30% A two-hour final exam in exam period
Participation 10% Participation (based on attendance, preparation of readings for discussion, and contribution to class activities)
Word aide memoire 24 Mar 2023 20% A 500-600 word aide memoire plus oral presentation (word count does not include references)
Policy advice paper 26 May 2023 40% A 2500 word policy advice paper plus oral presentation (word count does not include references)

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 electronic, soft or hard cover version https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030188023; an e-version in the UC Library, a hard copy can be read in the McMillan Brown Library at UC; or you can order a kobo).

Other reading materials are on the course LEARN page or else from direct link on the course outline.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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

  • POLS308-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023