Negotiations and consultations are a central component for Indigenous peoples and local communities. It is important for managing relations both with governments at different levels (municipal, provincial, and federal/central) and with groups outside the governmental sphere (e.g., businesses, NGOs).
This course has three goals: 1) provide an overview of the state of legal and political environment on consultation, including legal benchmarks arising from court decisions on the duty to consult and accommodate, and from policy documents e.g. white papers; 2) examine seminal and current research on consultation and negotiations among Northern actors; and 3) provide applied learning experience through negotiation and consultation simulation exercises.
In this online class we will work with three types of material/information:
As the underlying philosophy of the class is to combine a diverse range of knowledge, students will be encouraged to combine theoretical knowledge with practical examples.
Students who successfully complete the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:
The student gains knowledge about:
The student knows how to:
By the end of the course the students are expected to participate in one of two workshops - on consultations and on negotiations where they apply their practical skills.
The final examination is a take-home exam, where the students are to submit an individual paper of max. 3500 words (approx. 10-15 pages).
The grading scale of A to F is applied, where F constitutes fail.