Master’s Summer School for Global Citizenship and Peace


2016 Master’s Summer School

THEME: Indigenous Rights in the Global Context
DATES: August 4-12, 2016


Over the course of the last three decades, a global Indigenous rights movement has taken shape. This movement has challenged states and intergovernmental institutions, pushing them to promote indigenous concerns, reformulate international law, and safeguard the rights of indigenous people.  However, states, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental actors could do much more to address the rights and needs of indigenous peoples.  During the Global Citizenship and Peace programs, students will have an opportunity to learn about indigenous people’s issues globally: economic rights of and global movements for the Indigenous people’s rights, as well as to focus specifically on case studies in South Africa and South America.  The UN role-play, on the final day of both programs, will be based on engagement with the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


2016 Themes:
  • Global Movement for Indigenous Rights
  • Land and Economic Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Messages from the Rain Forests of Indonesia
  • Indigenous Rights and the Protection of the Environment: Experiences from South America
  • Indigenous People’s Experiences and Rights in Southern Africa

In preparation for the course, successful applicants will write a 4000-word paper on one of these four themes and will present this paper during the course at Hiroshima University.

Read about an event at Flinders University: Indigenous Rights in the Global Context Seminar.




Program Overview

The INU Master’s Summer School on Global Citizenship and Peace brings together graduate students to examine that globalization and its challenges affect the concept of global citizenship. The Master’s Summer School considers the ways that human rights, gender, security, migration, and the environment play out in an increasingly interdependent world and explores ways of achieving policy outcomes that promote and occasionally impede global citizenship. The course involves an intensive series of seminars and lectures by professors from INU member universities and concludes with a simulation of an international decision-making process.


Pre-course assignment

In preparation for the course, graduate students write a 4000-word paper on one of four themes related to global citizenship and peace (to be provided in spring 2016), which they present during the course.



Graduate students in the relevant field and from an INU member institution are eligible to apply.


Application and Selection Process

Each INU member institution determines the application and selection process for students at their university. Students are welcome to express interest in participation to their INU point of contact at their home university.


Practical Information

The course guide, reading lists and travel information for the participants will be published on this page ones students have been selected and nominated by their home universities, in May 2016.



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2016 Highlights

“The fact of spending the first two days [in Hiroshima City] with people we did not know and realize that we can all share ideas and find someone who can be similar in personality to each one of us. This gives us the opportunity to get closer to people we never thought before we could establish communication with.”

“I learned that not every issue has a right answer and that you have to put your personal feelings aside in order to look at a different perspective.”

“While holding some deep-seated opinions on global political matters, I also learned that I am incredibly open to new ideas and perspectives. The INIU Programme provides the perfect platform for this.”