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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Jul15Public LecturesMaurice Goldsmith Lecture 2016
Date: 15 July 2016
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: Hunter Council Chamber, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington
This year's Maurice Goldsmith Lecture will be presented by Professor Susan Wolf, entitled Aesthetic Responsibility. Read more

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20 June 2016 Daniel Gamboa
Congratulations to Daniel Gamboa who has been selected to attend the Global UNHCR NGO consultation in Geneva this year. Read more
4 May 2016 MoU brings senior Indian historian to Victoria
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 2 May in Auckland in the presence of the President of India, His Excellency Mr Pranab Mukherjee, gives Victoria students a unique opportunity to be taught about India by a senior Indian historian. Read more
28 April 2016 Parliamentary internship programme prize winners
Three prizewinners from the Parliamentary Internship programme received their prizes from the Rt Hon David Carter at Parliament earlier this month. 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?
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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

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.