Explores the contemporary socio-cultural, economic and political situation of indigenous peoples in the contemporary world. This course is divided into two 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. The course will place distinct emphasis how contemporary challenges facing indigenous people relate to questions of land and land use, with exploration of post-colonial and de-colonial theory, through examples of contemporary land use struggles (e.g. Standing Rock).
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the different situations in which indigenous peoples coexist with other, non-indigenous peoples in various states and societies;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the various international organisations, institutions, and legal mechanisms to advance the position of indigenous peoples in various countries;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of struggles which indigenous peoples are waging in the contemporary world;
4. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of empirical examples of indigenous people's struggles across the globe.
The course includes readings on and discussions of the following topics, namely:
- Epic (outsider) and emic (insider) definitions of indigenous peoples.
- Indigenous peoples in minority and majority situations.
- International organisations, agencies, and laws dealing with indigenous peoples.
- Struggles for custodianship and legal rights over natural resources, sovereignty, and nation-hood
10 units of SOCA 1000 level courses or equivalent.
Professional Task: Campaign: media release, newsletter and strategy (40%)
Presentation: Oral assessment (20%)
Essay: Essay (40%)