The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities, 7.5 Credits

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities, 7.5 Credits

Spring semester 2018

Dilemmas related to human rights are often at their most difficult in relation to indigenous peoples' and ethnic minorities' traditions and religious practices, as well as their social and political circumstances. This course addresses the human rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, taking up contemporary tensions between national sovereignty and collective and individual rights, as well as questions of identity. Significant emphasis is placed on the arguments that have been asserted by actual minority groups.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to (master's level): 

  • show a detailed understanding of how indigenous peoples as well as ethnic and national minorities are defined in international law, as well as what rights minorities have and how they are distinct from the rights of indigenous peoples
  • show a good understanding of the theoretical framework defining the relationship between ethnic minorities, the nation state and democracy and be prepared to analyze specific situations and frame arguments based on this framework
  • demonstrate independent thinking and competence in undertaking research on indigenous peoples' relationship to majority populations and cultural frameworks
  • show a comprehensive understanding of the situation of indigenous peoples in Scandinavia and the world.   


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