Weekly study3 hours
Enhance your knowledge of indigenous identities and environment relationships
This is the second of four courses in the SOCA3850: Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary World program.
This program explores the contemporary social, cultural, economic and political situations of indigenous peoples across the world. Students are introduced to definitions and parameters of ‘indigenous’ peoples and their overlap with ‘ethnic minorities’ and the concept of ‘fourth world nations’. Throughout the program, students will engage with case studies that illustrate indigenous peoples’ struggles, including battles over land/marine rights, co-existence with settler/migrant communities, independence and nationhood, and reclamation of pre-colonial political boundaries and entities. The program offers an anthropological exploration of indigeneity and ethnicity, and students are introduced to post-colonial and de-colonial theory. By investigating examples of 21st century land use struggles (eg Standing Rock, Adani Carmichael Mine, the Brazilian ‘war of survival’), it places distinct emphasis on how contemporary challenges facing indigenous peoples continue to relate to questions of land and land use.
Please see the SOCA3850: Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary World course handbook for more detail.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Understand the different situations in which indigenous peoples coexist with other, non-indigenous peoples in various states and societies.
- Recognise the various international organisations, institutions, and legal mechanisms to advance the position of indigenous peoples in various countries.
- Articulate, in written and verbal forms, informed positions on different types of struggles that indigenous peoples are waging in the contemporary world.
- Communicate research objectives and outcomes to a wide audience.
- Apply constructive feedback and review in peer contexts.
Who is the course for?
This course is particularly targeted at anyone interested in challenges currently facing indigenous peoples around the world. Those interested in anthropology, postcolonial studies and environmental management or environmental humanities will also find insights in this course.
Who developed the course?
The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 197th in the world (QS rankings, 2021).
World rankingTop 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021