Unit 2


Land Rights in Scotland and the Wider World

Many people have become landless as traditional systems of land ownership have been replaced by state and private ownership.

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Human Rights and Land

A right is something to which everyone is entitled. Rights that are laid down in law are called legal rights.

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Human rights and land ownership

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For subsistence farmers and small-scale food producers, land is essential in order to fulfil their most basic human rights, yet a growing number of these people have lost or are losing secure access to the land they depend on to survive.

As new systems of private ownership have replaced traditional systems of shared ownership, control over the world’s limited supply of land has moved into the hands of very few people, with land use decisions not always being made in the best interests of those who depend on it the most.

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With an increasing demand for land to meet the growing needs of industrialising countries, subsistence farmers and small-scale food producers have become increasingly at risk of losing their land.

Activity Guide

Activity 2.4 – Who Owns the Land?

looks at the concept of ownership and the benefits that different types of ownership brings. The second part of the activity encourages students to look at the issues which arise from private ownership of land, and draws comparisons between land issues in Scotland and Guatemala.

Activity 2.2 - Human Rights

introduces the concept of human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Activity 2.2 - Land and Discrimination

introduces the concept of discrimination and enables students to develop empathy for those who face discriminatory practices.

Activity 2.3 - Your Rights, or Mine?

Reflects on how the human rights of different groups can conflict and encourages students to consider how to go about resolving a conflict of rights.