Indigenous and Minority Rights (814M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The recognition of indigenous and minority rights is now firmly entrenched in international human rights law. However, controversies remain over the role of collective rights, terminology and the categorisation of different groups as well as over the content of relevant rights.

This module will explore how some of these controversies have played out in relation to discussions on land, the environment and education, as well as autonomy and self-government.  Wider cultural issues will also be addressed.

This module will focus on the rights of indigenous peoples and of minorities under both international and comparative law, considering also approaches to implementation in domestic law.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 10 hours of contact time and about 140 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: