HREA and the University for Peace Human Rights Center annually organize a blended learning and field experience program about the protection and emerging rights of indigenous populations.
Indigenous Peoples' Rights: a blended learning and field-based experience in Costa Rica
(1) E-Learning Course: Indigenous Peoples' Rights: 5 June - 16 July 2013
This 6-week e-learning course will address the broad spectrum of issues involved in the field of indigenous peoples' rights, beginning with who qualifies to be "indigenous peoples", the scope of their right to self-determination, the international and regional legal frameworks for the protection of their rights, the challenges associated therewith, and the debates surrounding the concept of indigenous governance. The course will also look closely into human security and human development issues relating to indigenous peoples, the role of extraction and other business corporations in indigenous reservations/areas, and the effect of intellectual property rights on the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples.
(2) Field Visit: Amburi, Talamanca, Costa Rica: 5 - 11 August 2013
The field visit will include an orientation at the UPEACE main campus (5 August), a five-day field trip to the Amubri region of Talamanca, Costa Rica (6-10 August) and an additional stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo (10-11 August).
Location: UPEACE campus, Amubri and nearby places in the Talamanca region and Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
Format: The field visit will include a one-day introductory workshop at the UPEACE main campus followed by a field trip to the Amubri region, where participants will visit community associations and meet with community elders, school teachers, medical service providers and others. The field experience is intense and there will be a debriefing session every day.
Content: The field visit will build upon the 6-week e-learning course Indigenous People' Rights, and will increase participants' knowledge and understanding about international law, environmental law, human rights law, and religious and gender-specific issues as they relate to indigenous communities.
Accommodation: This is a field trip to an indigenous community.
Course fee: US$ 1,750 (non-credit). The fee for the blended learning and field-based experience covers: tuition for the 6-week e-learning course; accommodation for 8 nights in Costa Rica; transportation during the field visit (participant airfare and airport transfers are not included), meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on all 8 days of the field visit in Costa Rica); and course materials. This rate is available until 5 April 2013.