Political Science | Indigenous Politics: Contests over Democracy and Development Around the Globe
Y490 | 22021 | M. MacLean


Y490   Indigenous Politics: Contests over Democracy and Development
Around the Globe
Lauren Morris MacLean

The objective of the course is to explore indigenous politics around
the world. In particular, we will examine how indigenous groups debate
their representation in local, national and international politics and
whether and how they participate in sustainable development.  Some of
the themes covered in the course will include but are not limited to:
constructions of indigenous identity and the role of colonialism,
race, and class; indigenous concepts of democracy; politics of
sovereignty and casino gaming in the U.S.; debates over education
policy and indigenous politics and development; indigenous claims to
land and resources and multi-national oil companies; transnational
networks of activists and indigenous social movements; global norms of
human rights and contests over indigenous politics and development.
The course is designed to be explicitly comparative and might include
empirical research from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, New
Zealand, Australia, and India.
The course readings will be primarily from political science but may
also include some scholarship in history, anthropology, sociology,
geography as well as at least one novel. Several films will be showed
throughout the course and are considered integral to the objectives of
the class.
The course requirements will tentatively include: class attendance and
participation; serving one time as a co-discussion facilitator; three
analytic memos responding to one of the week’s readings (2 pg each); a
statement of research question (1 pg); and a final research paper,
completed and revised subsequently in three stages (10-12 pages).