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Indigenous peoples, minorities and human rights


This module will investigate key historical and contemporary human rights issues faced by indigenous peoples and ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, that emanate from the relationship they have with the states in which they live, other communities and the international system.

Topics covered

  • Colonial genocide and contemporary settler/indigenous relations
  • Discrimination and accommodation of non-dominant ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities
  • Struggles for equality and non-discrimination
  • How indigenous peoples and minorities are protected by international human rights law
  • Jurisprudence and the mechanisms for implementation.

Learning outcomes

The module will provide an opportunity to reflect how these rights have been constructed and framed, from the collective rights of indigenous peoples to the individual rights of ‘persons belonging to minorities’, and how they are protected and implemented in practice.


This module is assessed by one item of coursework (70% of the overall grade), and three E-tivities (30%).