Five College Consortium

Indigenous World Politic

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
Political Science
Course Number: 
421
Institution: 
Amherst College

[IL,G] Indigenous peoples are dynamic political actors in national and global contexts. They have secured their rights in international law, first through Convention 169 at the International Labour Organization (1989), then with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007). They have created innovative political forums and organized global social movements. Global indigenous politics are forging major changes in the international system, thereby disordering conventional understandings of sovereignty.


This course locates indigeneity at the core of international relations and examines indigenous politics from the Andes to the UN. We study international law securing rights for indigenous peoples and analyze indigenous experiences such as the Arctic Council and the election of Bolivian President Evo Morales. The course also explores the epistemological implications of indigenous rights for our understanding of politics. The consolidation of plurinational states in the Andes and indigenous parliaments in the Arctic change the locus of the political, and principles of self-determination challenge Westphalian notions of sovereignty to redefine territoriality.


Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester. Visiting Professor Picq.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
POSC-421-01-1718F

Course Sections

Indigenous World Politic
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Manuela Picq mpicq@amherst.edu T 01:00PM-03:30PM NEWP 100