The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities

Spring semester 2017

Dilemmas related to human rights are often at their most problematic in relation to indigenous peoples' and ethnic minorities' traditions and religious practises, as well as their social and political circumstances.

This course addresses the human rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, taking in 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.

Following the course, the student will be expected to (master's level): 

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


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