5IN432 The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities, 7.5 Credits
Human Rights, History of Religions
Spring 2019/2020 Mar - Jun (w14-w23). Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: IN432
Entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree in Theology(equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university. Proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent
Education Level
Second cycle
This course addresses the human rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, taking up contemporary tensions such as religious, social and political conditions, 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:
• show a comprehensive understanding of how indigenous peoples as well as the rights of ethnic and national minorities are defined in international law
• with good understanding of the theoretical framework critically discuss how these rights relate to the nation-state and to democracy
• 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.
Anaya, S. James, 2004. Indigenous Peoples in International Law, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. (380 p).

Bodley, John H., 2015. Victims of Progress. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield (395 p). Also available as e-bok via EbscoHost for students and staff at University College Stockholm.

Charters, Claire & Stavenhagen, Rudolf (eds.), 2009. Making the Declaration work: the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Copenhagen: IWGIA & Distributors Transaction Publisher & Central Books (377 p).

Kymlicka, Will, 2002. Multicultural Citizenship. London: Pluto Press (208 p).


Asch, Michael and Samson, Colin, et al., 2004. “Dialogue on the Return of the Native”. Current Anthropology, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 261-267 (7 p).

Bowen, John R., 2000. ”Should We have a universal concept of indigenous peoples’ rights?. Anthropology Today, vol. 16, No. 4 pp. 12-16 (5 p). Available at JSTOR. Note that this requires that you create an account at JSTOR.

Engle, Karen, 2011. On Fragile Architecture: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Human Rights (23 p) European Journal of International Law, vol. 22, No. 1, pp.141-163. Available at www.ejil.org/search.php

Johansson Dahre, Ulf, 2008. The Politics of Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples and the Conflict on Collective Human Rights”, The International Journal of Human Rights, (2008) vol. 12 , no 1, pp. 41-52. (12 p)

Kenrick, Justin & Lewis, Jerome, 2004. “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the Politics of the Term Indigenous”. Anthropology Today, vol.20, no 2, s 4-9 (6 p). Available at JSTOR. Note that this requires that you create an account at JSTOR.

Kuper, Adam, 2003. “The Return of the Native”. Current Anthropology, vol 44, No. 3, pp. 388-402. (15 p)

Reference Literature

The International Discourse on Indigenous Peoples: A Compilation of International Documents. Red. Ulf Johansson Dahre, 2018, Terra Nullius förlag
Ulf Johansson Dahre
Exam Types
Take-home examination, Seminars, Papers.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.

If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2011-03-22
Revised 2019-11-13