Universität Wien

030227 SE Indigenous Legal Studies - Genocide, Ethnocide and Ecocide (2021W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 35 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 11.10. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital (Kickoff Class)
Monday 06.12. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 10.01. 09:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 09:00 - 17:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

At the end of May 2021, a shocking message went around the world: Remains of 215 indigenous children were found at a closed Canadian boarding school in Western Canada. The Kamloops Boarding School was one of many similar schools set up in the late 19th century, where students were physically and sexually abused by headmasters, teachers and religious staff, who stripped them of their culture and language.
At the same time, there are more and more international reports that prove that the government of Brazil is rolling back social and environmental safeguards for indigenous peoples. The Bolsonaro administration has openly declared its intention to undermine international human rights law and national constitutional law protecting indigenous peoples. With full knowledge of the consequences to loss of life, and inhumane suffering, it has openly sought to stimulate, encourage and promote a predatory policy of natural resource exploitation, often with violent rhetoric against cultural integrity of Indigenous peoples.
Based on these two situations, the relevance of the legal terms “genocide, ethnocide and ecocide” for Indigenous peoples will be examined. It will be discussed that in many cases, cultural assimilation policy can not be separated from intentional physical destruction, and that the destruction of Indigenous Peoples is directly related to environmental degradation or even ecocide.

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Assessment and permitted materials

Mündliche Mitwirkung während des Haupt-Seminarblocks (20%)
Pro Studierende/r ein mündliches Referat ca. 20 bis 30 Minuten (30%)
Schriftliches Seminarpapier zu Semesterende (50%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regelmäßige Teilnahme ist neben den inhaltlichen Leistungen absolut erforderlich. Ein gelungenes Seminar hängt vom Engagement und Input aller Teilnehmenden ab.

Examination topics

siehe Art der Leistungskontrolle

Reading list

A.D. Moses: „Conceptual blockages and definitional dilemmas in the 'racial century': genocides of indigenous peoples and the Holocaust“ Vol. 36 4 Patterns of Prejudice (2002)

Für alle Teilneher*innen relevante Literatur wird auf moodle hochgeladen. Daneben werden die Studierenden zur Bearbeitung einzelner Themenblöcke vom LV-Leherer bibliografisch intensiv betreut.

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Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:11