School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

Welcome to the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations (HPPI)

The three disciplines within the School and the Centre for Strategic Studies represent important fields of study, each with their own set of concepts and perspectives. Many students take courses in each of them. Graduates develop skills in critical and creative thinking, leadership, communication and research.

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Mar3Public LecturesAcademic warns against authoritarian solutions to conflict in divided societies
Date: 3 March 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: HMLT205, Level 2, Hugh Mackenzie Building, Kelburn Parade
Professor Jon Fraenkel will speak on "Constitutional engineering in divided societies: lessons from around the globe". Read more
Mar13Public LecturesMaurice Goldsmith Lecture presented by Frank Jackson
Date: 13 March 2015
Time: 5.00 pm
Registration and event details Read more
Mar23Pasifika Students' Event
Date: 23 March 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Alan MacDiarmid (AM) 102, Kelburn Campus
FHSS and the Faculty of Education invite their Pasifika students to an opportunity to meet fellow students and staff and learn about services available. Read more

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13 February 2015 Political Scientist awarded an Academic Staff Development Award
Academic Staff Development Award, New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (Inc) Read more
13 February 2015 China Field Study gives first-hand experience
A three-week China Field Study has made a lasting impression on 23 third-year students who travelled to Beijing in November last year. Read more
10 February 2015 Philosophy degree earns more
A philosophy degree earns more than an accounting degree. Read more

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Welcome from the Head of School

ken-perszyk Welcome to the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations (HPPI).
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The Political Science journal is edited in the Political Science and International Relations Programme.
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Dan Weijers, co-founder of the International Journal of Wellbeing, a journal devoted to the study of human wellbeing.
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Staff Highlight


"The struggle over power occurs everywhere - in Parliament and courts, but also in public culture, popular culture and even between individuals." Lecturer, Political Science and International Relations Programme. Read more

180-point Master's degrees

Have you recently completed (or are about to complete) a Bachelor's degree? Are you looking for a vocationally-oriented programme of study that only takes one calendar year?
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Josh Wright is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and an International Relations major

Confronting a wide spectrum of ideas was all part of studying at Victoria for international relations student Josh Wright. He relished the fierce debates that naturally developed in class. Watch Josh’s story.

Postgraduate Student Profile

vanessa-scholes-handbook"Philosophy forces me to examine and critique the reasons behind ethical argument - including my own." Vanessa Scholes, PhD candidate in Philosophy. Read more


Research Seminars

Programme Research Seminars are held regularly during Trimesters 1 and 2.

The Maurice Goldsmith Inaugural Lecture was given by Professor Philip Pettit (Princeton/Australian National University), 'Freedom and Other Robustly Demanding Goods'.

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