5MR175 The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities, 7.5 Credits
Human Rights
Spring 2018/2019 Apr - Jun (w14-w23). Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: MR175
Entry requirements
General requirements for university studies
Education Level
First cycle
This course addresses the human rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, taking up contemporary tensions such as religious, social and political conditions, 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 on these issues.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• show a good understanding of how indigenous rights, as well as the rights of ethnic and national minorities, are defined in international law
• show a basic understanding of the theoretical framework that defines 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.
Anaya, S. James, 2004. Indigenous Peoples in International Law, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. (380 sid)

Bodley, John H., 2008. Victims of Progress. Lanham: AltaMira Press (358 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.


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 sid).

Bowen, John R., 2000. ”Should We have a universal concept of indigenous peoples’ rights?. Anthropology Today, vol. 16, No. 4 pp. 12-16 (5 sid). 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 sid) 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 sid)

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 sid). 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 sid)

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.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Confirmed by Kollegiet i Mänskliga Rättigheter 2014-12-08
Literature revised 2018-10-08
Revised 2015-10-26