Summer 2022 - SA 388 D100

Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples (A) (4)

Class Number: 3863

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Michael Hathaway
    Office: AQ 5063
    Office Hours: Thurs 12:30pm; for this and other times, email for appointment 24 hours ahead
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



In this intensive seminar, we compare political actions and social movements of indigenous peoples across several countries: analyze development of these movements over time; and discuss factors affecting the timing, reception, intensity and nature of these politics. Students write research papers on topics they develop.


Over the last few decades, indigenous peoples have become a major force in international debates, national politics, and local struggles. This class will examine these dynamics, paying particular attention to the ways that indigenous politics have been globalized. We will explore these connections and links in detail and look at how the politics of the indigenous is quite different in various countries and over time. We will take an engaged approach and ask a number of questions, such as: How and why indigenous peoples’ movements arise in particular places at particular times? How does the issue of authenticity play out in particular contexts and on the world stage? We will focus on Brazil, and the US/Canada borderlands, and draw connections and contrasts with the indigenous situation elsewhere, such as Japan, Indonesia, and China. Students will write a research paper on a topic of their choice. The class will be conducted as a discussion-based seminar, with active student participation.



  • Seminar Participation/ Mini-Assignments 15%
  • Class Discussion 30%
  • Seminar Presentation/ Seminar Facilitation 25%
  • Final Project 30%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

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A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

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Manuel, George and Michael Posluns. 2018. The Fourth World an Indian Reality. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.

Warren, Jonathan. 2001. Racial Revolutions: Antiracism and Indian Resurgence in Brazil. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.  

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