Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary World

Course code SOCA3850Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Explores the contemporary socio-cultural, economic and political situation of indigenous peoples in the contemporary world. This course is divided into three complementary sections. Section 1 looks at definitions and parameters of "indigenous" peoples and their overlap with "ethnic minorities" and the concept of "fourth world nations". Section 2 describes the different types of indigenous peoples' struggles, for example struggles over land/marine rights, co-existence with settler/migrant communities, independence and nationhood, and reclamation of pre-colonial political boundaries and entities. Section 3 presents case studies from Australasia, South-east Asia and the Pacific.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of the course students should have:
1. An understanding of the different situations in which indigenous peoples coexist with other, non-indigenous peoples in various states and societies;
2. An understanding of the various international organisations, institutions, and legal mechanisms to advance the position of indigenous peoples in various countries;
3. An understanding of the different types of struggles which indigenous peoples are waging in the contemporary world;
4. An in-depth knowledge of indigenous people's struggles in Australia (Australia and Aotearoa/NZ), Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
ContentThe course includes readings on and discussions of the following topics, namely:
1. Epic (outsider) and emic (insider) definitions of indigenous peoples.
2. Indigenous peoples in minority and majority situations.
3. International organisations, agencies, and laws dealing with indigenous peoples.
4. Struggles for custodianship and legal rights over natural resources, sovereignty, and nation-hood.
Replacing Course(s)SOCA231 Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary World
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed SOCA231 Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary World may not enrol in SOCA3850 Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary World.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge10cps SOCA 1000 level courses or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 (1,500 words) worth 40% due mid-semester
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2 (1,500 words) worth 40% due end of semester
Presentations - TutorialTutorial Paper (1000 words) worth 20%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA3850