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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Oct6End-of-year breakfast for Māori and Pasifika students
Date: 6 October 2015
Time: 8.30 am
Venue: SU229 (Memorial Theatre Foyer), Kelburn Campus
An invitation from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Student and Academic Services Office. Read more
Oct7FHSS Postgraduate Students' breakfast
Date: 7 October 2015
Time: 8.30 am
Venue: Room 305, Murphy Building, Kelburn Campus
A breakfast for postgraduate students to catch up with staff and students from FHSS and recharge after the long winter months. Read more
Oct9SeminarsHistory Programme Seminar: 'Africans, Creoles and Slave Families on the Cunyngham Sugar Plantations in St. Kitts, 1729-1735'
Date: 9 October 2015
Time: 12.10 pm
Venue: Old Kirk 406 (F L Wood Seminar Room)
This talk discusses a unique set of slave inventories penned by St. Kitts sugar planter… Read more

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1 October 2015 Victoria hosts 22 officials from Vietnam
Victoria hosted an 11-day politics and international relations programme for 22 senior government officials from Vietnam earlier this month. Read more
25 September 2015 Introducing 'Moments of Truth'
A huge congrats to Dr Jon Johansson and Professor Stephen Levine for the launch of their fifth election book 'Moments of Truth - The New Zealand General Election of 2014' . Read more
24 September 2015 Congratulations to POLS PhD student Jake Lim for getting a chapter published in the acedemic journal:
Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts (chapter 36).  A wonderful achievement to be very proud of Jake! 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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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?
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

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

See video of lecture.