The Global Politics of Indigenous People

Course code POLI2200Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

The Global Politics of Indigenous People explores a variety of issues associated with the contested integration of Indigenous people into modern nation-states. The various pathways Indigenous peoples have taken to attain self determination are considered as well as the response of states to this agenda. The experiences of Indigenous groups in various parts of the world are explored using a comparative basis. Within the framework of political science methodology students will scrutinize a variety of themes including: land rights, education reform, reconciliation, economic development and in some cases violent challenge to the state by indigenous groups. Students have the opportunity to develop International and cultural perspectives.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Explain the Indigenous right discourse within the context of political science and international relations theories.
2. Review the global context and circumstances in which the politics of Indigenous rights have arisen over the past 30 years.
3. Demonstrate an integrative knowledge of the complex relationships between Indigenous groups, national governments and civil society groups in a global context
4. Critically identify and assess the theoretical and methodological debates in comparative politics as they relate to debates surrounding the politics of Indigenous groups worldwide.
5. Research and evaluate the reliability, validity and efficacy of information, opinions and arguments.
6. Interact effectively with group members to work towards a common outcome.
7. Employ critical thinking and analytical skills to inform judgement and decisions.
ContentThe course content will be drawn from but not restricted to:
1. Discussions of historical evolution of global Indigenous rights movement and how nation-states have implemented and integrated Indigenous populations.
2. Conceptual understanding of the Indigenous politics issue as a facet of Political Science and world politics with particular reference to post colonial and de-colonial frameworks of analysis.
3. Comparative case studies from Asia, the Americas and Australasia addressing differing aspects of Indigenous politics.
4. The response of Indigenous peoples to the Impact of generations of political, cultural, social and economic dispossession.
5. The relevance of Indigenous politics to broader discussions of democracy and development.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionThis course is not available to students who have successfully completed POLI3200.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePOLI1010 or POLI1020
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo essays
JournalReflective Journal
Contact HoursSeminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term