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International Relations looks at relationships between countries – this includes looking at the role of states, inter-government organisations, international non-governmental organisations and multinational corporations.

You will look at issues of power, conflict, diplomacy, arms control, terrorism, civil society, foreign policy, humanitarian aid and the international political economy.

Topics you may cover

  • Comparative politics: looks at the politics, governments and cultures of different countries. This area of International Relations is concerned with how governments and politics operate differently in different countries.
  • International relations: looks at and tries to understand the political, economic and social interactions between nation states.
  • New Zealand politics: looks at the role of and ideology behind our local, regional and national government.
  • Political theory: studies the ideas and ideologies that inform politics and governments. 
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