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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Sep11-9Other Events at VictoriaPolitics in Film series
Date: 11 September – 9 October 2014
Time: 5.00 pm
The Political Science and International Relations Programme is pleased to announce that it will be… Read more
Sep26SeminarsWho, and how many? Scottish migration to New Zealand by the numbers
Date: 26 September 2014
Time: 12.10 pm
Venue: Old Kirk 406 (F L Wood Seminar Room)
Rebecca Lenihan presents a quantitatively-inclined investigation of New Zealand’s Scots. Where in Scotland were these… Read more
Dec3ConferencesThe 2014 New Zealand Post-Election Conference
Date: 3 December 2014
Time: 8.45 am
Venue: Parliament Buildings, Wellington
The 2014 Victoria University of Wellington post-election conference, organised by Professor Stephen Levine and… Read more

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1 September 2014 Summer Scholarships: applications now open
Applications are now invited from students for FHSS and Faculty of Education Summer Scholarships for 2014-15. Read more
17 August 2014 Book Launch - Holding on to Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects of the First World War
The History Programme announces the book launch Holding on to Home by Historians Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross. Read more
16 July 2014 Establishment of Women in Philosophy Group
The Philosophy Programme announces the establishment of the Victoria Women in Philosophy Group. 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

Valerie Wallace"New Zealand's constitutional review is generating interest in political and constitutional history. I look forward to contributing to that debate by exploring the influence of a distinctive strand of Scottish political thought." Valerie Wallace, Lecturer in History. Read more

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

Katie Hamilton"Studying Philosophy makes you think about the big questions in all aspects of life." Katharine Hamilton, 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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