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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.