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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News

19 March 2015 University Challenge
After an absence of many years, the University Challenge television series has been resurrected and is now on Prime television. Read more
2 March 2015 New Zealand's Iraq Deployment: Motivations and Interests
Robert Ayson, Professor of Strategic Studies, talked to a Diplosphere forum at Parliament House. Read more
13 February 2015 Political Scientist awarded an Academic Staff Development Award
Academic Staff Development Award, New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (Inc) Read more

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Welcome from the Head of School

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Research

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

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

See video of lecture.