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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30 November 2015 Additional courses available
HIST 235: Special Topic: Mobilising the Masses: Propaganda in Europe in the Age of Catastrophe, 1914-1945 is now being offered in trimester 1 2016. Read more
12 November 2015 New Zealand historian to receive honorary doctorate
Victoria's Council will confer an honorary doctorate on historian Dr Jock Phillips in the University's December graduation ceremonies. Read more
29 October 2015 Niuean student celebrates Niue Language Week
Special video celebrates New Zealand’s Niue Language Week. Read more

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Welcome from the Head of School

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Head of SchoolWelcome to the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations (HPPI).
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We currently require Tutors for courses taught in Trimester 1 2016. Please register your interest by completing the Tutor expression of interest form, and return to the School office, together with a one-page CV.

Staff Highlight

Arini-Loader-web"Ko te timatanga a nga waiata katoa he apakura.

The world of Māori literature is a deep, swirling pool filled to the brim with detailed, rich imagery, metaphor, wordplay and all other manner of poetic ornament - and I get to play in it all day! My work focuses on Māori literary history. Specifically, I read, explore, examine and analyse manuscript texts written in te reo Māori, over the expanse of the nineteenth century." Arini Loader, Lecturer, History Programme.

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?
Check out our specialised Master's degrees »

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

Alex Dickson web "As a discipline, Strategic Studies seeks to provide the tools with which one may endeavour to navigate the future." Read more about Alex

Research and Research Seminars

The Political Science journal is edited in the Political Science and International Relations Programme.

The Maurice Goldsmith Lecture 2015 was given by Professor Frank Jackson (Australian National University), 'The Implementation Problem for Ethics'

See video of lecture.