Undergraduate Course Code: POL492H1S L0201
Topics in Comparative Politics IV
Selected issues in comparative politics. Varies from year to year.
This seminar examines and compares contemporary Indigenous politics in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. In each country Indigenous peoples de facto possess some special form of political recognition: in Canada, the rights of Aboriginal peoples are explicitly recognized and protected in the Canadian Constitution; in New Zealand, the political relationship between the Maori and Pakeha (European newcomers) is grounded in the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi; and Australia now recognizes the legal existence of Native title in Australian law. The seminar examines the meaning and content of Indigenous rights, sovereignty, and nationhood in domestic contexts, which has nurtured an evolving Indigenous politics in the international forum.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour seminar per week. Seminar requirements include writing short weekly essays, undertaking a semester-long research paper, and leading seminar discussions.