The Global Politics of Indigenous People

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Global Politics of Indigenous People

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    POLI1010 or POLI1020

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.
    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. Development of reflective skills to foster an engagement with research and scholarship that is attentive to difference, diversity and power
    7. Employ critical thinking and analytical skills to inform judgement and decisions.
    The course content will be drawn from but not restricted to:
    • Discussions of historical evolution of global Indigenous rights movement and how nation-states have implemented and integrated Indigenous populations.
    • 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.
    • Comparative case studies from Asia, the Americas and Australasia addressing differing aspects of Indigenous politics.
    • The response of Indigenous peoples to the Impact of generations of political, cultural, social and economic dispossession.
    • The relevance of Indigenous politics to broader discussions of democracy and development.
    Journal: Weekly Reflective Journal
    Essay: Mid-Semester Essay
    Essay: Case-Study Essay

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