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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2011
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. Critically analyse the key public policy debates associated with the politics of Global Indigenous Rights Agenda.
4. Demonstrate an integrative knowledge of the complex relationships between Indigenous groups, national governments and civil society groups in a global context
5. Critically identify and assess the theoretical and methodological debates in comparative politics as they relate to debates surrounding the politics of Indigenous groups worldwide.
6. Research and evaluate the reliability, validity and efficacy of information, opinions and arguments.
7. Interact effectively with group members to work towards a common outcome.
8. 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 International Relations and non-traditional security discourse, addressing where and how the politics of Indigenous people fits into the Human Security agenda advocated by a number of nation-states.
3. Comparative case studies from Asia, Europe, the Americas addressing differing political narrative on Indigenous rights.
4. Discussion of Indigenous genocide and the responsibility of national governments have to Indigenous citizens.
5. Impact of generations of political, cultural, social and economic dispossession on global Indigenous groups
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 MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Presentations - Tutorial
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for POLI2200