Level Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
Duration: 14 weeks
During the past decade indigenous peoples have become one of the most active and visible groups in both the recovery of their rights and presentation of policies proposals, at a national and/or international level. They are organized in associations, cooperatives, NGOs, and political parties and mobilise around four broad main topics: a) Representation and political participation (definition of the State, regional decentralisation, and justice system reform); b) Land rights; c) Control of natural resources; and d) Preservation of language and traditional knowledge. In this sense, Latin America is the paradigm of a new social movement based on cultural rights and difference, where the primary demand has been to build a plural state based on dialogue between the different cultures that exist within the region.
This course introduces the study of indigenous peoples from the perspective of democratic governance and human rights in the context of Latin America.
The course is structured to be completed in 14 weeks and this includes 7 subject topics and 2 weeks for course introduction and closing. The introduction includes a course summary, and the closing unit invites participants to assess the course according to the below structure:
Introduction to the Virtual School System, the course and its context:
Definition and multicultural challenges of democracy
Introduction to the study of indigenous peoples, democratic governance and human rights
Diversity, Pluralism and Inter-culturalism
Indigenous social movements in Latin America
Indigenous autonomy and redefinition of the state
Indigenous issues, the United Nations and the human rights perspective
Traditional knowledge, intellectual property and indigenous peoples
Reports and Inscriptions