Indigenous People of the Contemporary World
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.
Not currently available.
This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.
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.
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
10cps SOCA 1000 level courses or equivalent.
Essay: Essay 1: Critical Analysis
Presentation: Tutorial Presentation
Essay: Essay 2: Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary World