Student Profile

‘I want to understand how the world works, why things happen and what will happen tomorrow...’

Kahurangi Graham Studying towards a BA (Hons) in Political Science
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Political Science

Welcome to POLS 2014


On behalf of all of the staff of the Political Science Department I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students for the 2014 academic year. We are all looking forward to the year ahead and particularly to the interactions that we will have with all of you in classes, seminars and other social events. This year we will be working closely with UCPOLS, a club run for and by Political Science students, to bring you a richer educational and social experience as you progress through your academic studies.

The Political Science Department has always prided itself on offering a wide range of high-quality courses in the areas of International Relations, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Public Policy and New Zealand Politics.  We understand that the range of courses and sub-fields can sometimes make it difficult to know what the best course of study is for you, particularly to those of you who are new to the university or to the study of Political Science. If you do have any questions about your course choices in Political Science over the weeks and months ahead, we’d like to encourage you to get in touch with one of our staff members to discuss your options. 

For Orientation Week, we will have a member of staff from Political Science available every day from 10am-12noon to help any of you who have questions about studying Political Science. Click here for a link to the schedule showing which staff will be on duty each day or simply come to the POLS office on the 5th floor of the Locke Building and our friendly administrator Rochelle will point you in the right direction. So please do drop in for a chat and get your studies in 2014 off to the best possible start. Feel free to contact any of our coordinators at any time during year.

Enjoy your O-week (remember to join UCPOLS on clubs day!) and we’ll look forward to meeting you in the next couple of weeks.

Jeremy Moses
Head of Department
Department of Political Science

Why study Political Science?

Are you interested in New Zealand politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as health, the environment, human rights? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should study political science.

Political science students can gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers both within politics (international, national and local political institutions, such as the UN, humanitarian intergovernmental organisations, parliaments, city councils) and in more diverse areas such as law, business, education and journalism.

The political science programme at the University of Canterbury has attained national and international visibility for the strength of its academic programmes, staff members, and scholarship.

For more details, see Planning a Political Science Degree

News and Announcements

NZPSA Conference - Political Change and Renewal

Confucius Institute

The Department of Political Science will be hosting the
NZPSA Conference - Political Change and Renewal from 2-3 December 2013.