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AT4547: THE POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 21 Dec 2021 14:30


Course Overview

Indigeneity is one of the more controversial relations created by globalisation. Widely criticised for being ‘essentialist’ and ‘anti-liberal’, it is one of the more quickly growing identities recognized by the United Nations and defended in the constitutions of many nation-states. Using anthropological insight, this course survey the history of the term, study its expansion from the ‘salt-water colonies’ and ‘settler states’ to the heartland of Europe, and explore some of the challenges and advantages of the term. The seminar will explore how the term has come to be used in different post-colonial situations from the classic “heartlands” if indigeneity in North America, Latin America, and Northern Fennoscandia, to new contexts in China, India, Africa. The course will also explore how the politics of aboriginal rights has become closely linked to struggles for recognition, environmentalism, and collective struggles against neo-liberalism. The course is run in a seminar format with students encouraged to weigh and evaluate the results of their reading.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor David G. Anderson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Anthropology (AT) or International Relations (IR) or Politics (PI)
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

Indigeneity is one of the more controversial relations created by globalisation. Widely criticised for being ‘essentialist’ and ‘anti-liberal’, it is one of the more quickly growing identities recognized by the United Nations and defended in the constitutions of many nation-states. Using anthropological insight, this course survey the history of the term, study its expansion from the ‘salt-water colonies’ and ‘settler states’ to the heartland of Europe, and explore some of the challenges and advantages of the term. The seminar will explore how the term has come to be used in different post-colonial situations from the classic “heartlands” if indigeneity in North America, Latin America, and Northern Fennoscandia, to new contexts in China, India, Africa. The course will also explore how the politics of aboriginal rights has become closely linked to struggles for recognition, environmentalism, and collective struggles against neo-liberalism. The course is run in a seminar format with students encouraged to weigh and evaluate the results of their reading.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 35, 39 - 41
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 35, 39 - 41

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Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Feedback Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
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Take-Home exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Essay Topic Plan

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed element

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyThe current assessment in the course encourages the complex use of library materials.
ConceptualUnderstandThis course encourages critical reflection on the history of colonisation.
ProceduralRememberThe course encourages you to present structured and reasoned points to a small group.
ReflectionEvaluateThe course encourages you to reflect critically on the quality of your own work, to direct your own learning, and to manage your time effectively.
ConceptualCreateThe course shows the value of comparative analysis.
ReflectionEvaluateThe course shows how anthropological ideas can be applied to specific areas of enquiry; to raise central issues about the nature of the evidence we present for our claims about the world.
ProceduralAnalyseThe course gives you an opportunity to work with each other in preparing seminar presentations.
FactualCreateThis course will improve your ability to obtain and evaluate relevant information and to write concise and clear analytical essays that draw upon advanced anthropological sources.
ProceduralApplyThe course teaches you to revise large amounts of material and be able to select from that body of knowledge what is relevant to a very specific question under the pressure of time constraints.

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