Area of Study
Communication, Indigenous Studies, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies, Multicultural Studies
Taught In English
58227 Balancing World Views: Introduction to Aboriginal Cultures
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionIn this subject students learn the normative and legal bases for the protection of Indigenous rights. The objective is not only to understand the legal and political language of Indigenous rights with a view to engaging in the advocacy and debates that promote those rights but also to think critically about these ideas and institutions. Areas investigated include comparative studies of Australian and international cases such as cultural rights, land rights and native title rights and legislation, rights and institutions of self-government, Indigenous land use agreements and joint management strategies, and economic enterprise and social development frameworks and practices.Subject objectivesa. Discuss the issues involved in debates about Indigenous peoples' rightsb. Analyse the legal, normative and empirical dimensions of various philosophical and policy approaches to Indigenous rightsc. Evaluate approaches using comparative perspectivesd. Analyse cases and issues using evidence and argumente. Incorporate Indigenous peoples? perspectives and understandings of their rights and interestsTeaching and learning strategiesThis subject consists of a weekly lecture and seminar over 13 weeks. Core texts are reproduced in a set of online readings accessible via the subject?s Blackboard site. The lectures scope the historical and current development of legal and political argument concerning Indigenous rights across a range of colonial and (currently) postcolonial contexts. Seminars involve students in a variety of activities including discussion groups, non-traditional group presentations as well as formal debates. The aim of each seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to articulate questions, ideas and arguments in relation to the contested nature of Indigenous rights and to develop the communication skills necessary for effective application of evidence and argument.ContentThis subject explores contestation around Indigenous rights within four broad themes:1.?DISCOVERY? AND DISPOSSESSIONEurope?s first encounters with the world?s First PeoplesDispossession and international law2. RECOVERING RIGHTS: LAND, SOVEREIGNTY & SELF-DETERMINATIONThe UN human rights regimeLand and culture: recovering rightsSelf-determination: from sovereignty to governance3. JUSTICE AND REPARATIONSHistoric injustice & collective responsibility: genocide & ethnocideSocial justice as reparations: welfare and economic development4. DEALING WITH DIFFERENCE: THE POLITICS OF INDIGENEITY & IDENTITYPolitical community and differenceIndigenism, ethnicity and the stateAssessmentAssessment task 1: Critical Review of TextsObjective(s):b, d and eWeight: 40%Length: 2,000 wordsCriteria:Relevance issues, ideas and arguments are identifiedDepth of engagement with issues, ideas and argumentsCoherence of reflection and analysisOriginality of analysisRespect for Indigenous peoples? rights claimsAssessment task 2: Draft Policy BriefObjective(s):a, b, c, d and eWeight: 20%Length: 1,000 wordsCriteria:Clarity of identified issues, ideas, arguments and stakeholder positionsDepth of analysisRelevance of discussion of history and sourcesApplicability of constraints and opportunitiesRelevance and extensiveness of sourcesRespect for Indigenous peoples? rights claimsAssessment task 3: Policy BriefObjective(s):a, b, c, d and eWeight: 40%Length: 2,000 (NB: 1,000 words of this assessment will have been completed in the first draft version of the policy brief - i.e., Assessment 2).Criteria:Depth with which issues, ideas, arguments and stakeholder positions are analysedRelevance of historical factors and sourcesApplicability of constraints and opportunitiesRelevance and extensiveness of sourcesEffectiveness of advocacy of Indigenous peoples? rights
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.