* POL 417
/ CHV 417
- Spring 2011-2012
Indigenous Peoples and Historic Injustice
In many colonial countries, indigenous peoples were displaced as part of the settlement process. Their descendants remain part of our society, reduced in number and often economically and culturally vulnerable. What is the proper way for settler societies like the US to respond to this history? Does it owe indigenous peoples special rights, reparations, or a symbolic apology? In considering the answers to these questions, we will examine some important topics in political philosophy, including rights over property and territory, the importance of preserving indigenous cultures, and claims to self-determination and self-government.
Sample reading list:
First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian
How the Indians Lost their Land: Law and Power
Anarchy, State, and Utopia
Second Treatise of Government
Students will be required to write three essays, of approximately 1,500-2,000 words (5-7 pages).
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Precept Participation - 10%