5MR175 The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities, 7.5 Credits
Human Rights
Spring 2020/2021 Mar - Jun (w13-w22). Daytime 50 % at Campus Bromma. 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 p)

Bodley, John H., 2015. Victims of Progress. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield (395 p). Also available as e-book via EbscoHost for students 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 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
The litterature required for the course may change.
Ulf Johansson Dahre
Exam Types
Papers, Take-home examination.
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 the Human Rights Faculty Board at University College Stockholm 2014-12-08
Literature revised 2018-10-08
Revised 2020-01-20