Island culture, environment, economy, geography, and politics.

Master of Arts in Island Studies

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  • Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator
  • Director, Center for Life-Long Learning
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Business Owner
  • Policy Analyst, public and private sectors
  • College Instructor
  • Researcher, Organic Farming
The Master of Arts in Island Studies program is located in SDU Main Building, Room 206
(902) 620-5013

New course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies

Starting in September 2019, an exciting new specialization in Sustainable Island Communities and a second cohort in Island Tourism

UPEI is recognized as the world leader in delivering a quality Island Studies education, successfully offering a thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies program for more than 15 years.

Now, building on our initial success in 2018, in September 2019 we will be offering a a brand new cohort of the course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies program, specializing in Sustainable Island Communities. For those who missed out on the initial offering of the Island Tourism specialization, you are not out of luck. Starting in September 2019, we will be starting a second cohort of this specialization.  Course-based stream students will participate in hybrid model delivery courses, combining online, video-based and face-to-face instruction. You can choose to come to PEI to complete your graduate degree or be connected with the rest of your cohort from the comfort of your own home.

Course-based focus areas

Combined with the work of the Institute of Island Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, the MAIS course- and work-study based stream provides even more opportunities for students around the world to access the leading Island Studies post-graduate program in the world today. 

Island Tourism
September 2019

Tourism on many islands is one of the largest employers and fastest-growing sectors. This focus area is designed to meet the needs of current and future island-based tourism industry managers, executives, and other professional and public sector researchers. Graduates will develop their analytical, research and management skills to a standard that will allow them to excel in this growing sector. Graduates will develop a firm understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities associated with tourism in both warm and cold-weather island tourist destinations. The practical experiences associated with this program will allow students to work with professionals in the tourism sector to gain knowledge in the industry that complements the knowledge gained in the classroom. Employment opportunities for graduates include positions in travel agency and tour operating companies, the heritage sector, official tourist organizations, branding and marketing companies, and local or national government and other (including regional and international) organizations where knowledge of the tourism sector is important.

Sustainable Island Communities
September 2019

Islands are special environments that are both resilient and vulnerable to changes in climate, economy and culture. A specialization in Sustainable Island Communities combines concepts of community development with practices of sustainability on islands to create a cutting-edge post-graduate degree. This focus area is ideal for students interested in the interdependence of physical, ecological, economic, political, cultural and social issues and who want to strengthen their abilities to become effective agents of community change. Students learn to take concepts, skills, solutions and strategies learnt in the classroom and test them against real-world situations on islands throughout the world.  Almost all public and private organizations are now incorporating some aspects of sustainability planning –including climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies - into their practices.

Employment opportunities for graduates of this specialization include community economic development, natural resources management, sustainable agriculture, rural and land-use planning, renewable and alternative energy management, environmental consulting, sustainability director positions, and posts with international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Watch, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. Local, regional and federal government departments of sustainability and environmental management on islands would be natural employers for graduates from this focus area. Students will benefit from opportunities accorded them from UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability based at UPEI.

An additional focus area in International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will be offered in 2020. Ask the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca for more details.

Program structure

September–December 2019

  • All new students will take Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies (IST 6010) and Research Methods and Design for Island Studies (IST 6040). These foundational courses will allow you to learn about the field of Island Studies while getting to know your instructors, your classmates and your new university. Island Tourism students will also take the core Islands and Tourism (IST 6230) course, while the Sustainable Island Communities students will take Sustainability for Small Islands (IST 6250)

January–April 2020

  • Island Tourism students will take Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands (IST 6110) and Approaches to the Management of Island Tourism (IST 6240)
  • Sustainable Island Communities students will take Political Ecology of Small Islands (IST 6130) and Blue/Green Development Strategies for Small Islands (IST 6260)

May–June 2020

  • The Theory and Practice of Island Research I (IST 6210) is the first of two work-study experiences for all course- and work-study students. These experiential courses consist of 35-40 contact hours with island organizations linked to your specialization and supplemental online instruction. These project-specific experiences might be at your home location, on PEI or at other sites around the world.

September 2020–April 2021

  • Over the next eight months, you will register in another two courses, each delivered using a combination of face-to-face, online and video technology.

May–June 2021

  • The second work-study experience course, Theory and Practice of Island Research II (IST 6220), can be undertaken at the same or a different organization as the first work-study experience.

July–August 2021

  • Students will complete the final course in the program; Communications Management and Island Issues (IST 6200). After your successful completion of this course, you will join the proud alumni of UPEI's Master of Arts, Island Studies program.

Scholarships and bursaries

Approximately one-quarter to one-third of all students accepted into the thesis and course-based programs will receive scholarships that will partially offset their costs. For more information on this innovative program or the thesis-based program and opportunities for admission, please contact the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca. Students applying by March 31, 2019 will receive first consideration for scholarships.

Want more information about Master of Arts in Island Studies? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail Address:
Careers:
  • Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator
  • Director, Center for Life-Long Learning
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Business Owner
  • Policy Analyst, public and private sectors
  • College Instructor
  • Researcher, Organic Farming
The Master of Arts in Island Studies program is located in SDU Main Building, Room 206
(902) 620-5013

The Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) at the University of Prince Edward Island is a unique, interdisciplinary, and policy-driven graduate program that critiques islands on their own terms. We welcome students from around the world with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and diverse degrees, or with professional workplace experience in the public, private, or resource sectors.

Our program offers a challenging opportunity for students with:
  • a special interest in researching islands: their societies, economies, histories, cultures, governments, geographies, and environments
  • an interest in public policy and administration
  • career aspirations within local, regional, national, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • career aspirations in the private and resource sectors
  • a desire for the challenge of graduate education

Thesis stream students may adopt a comparative approach to study islands or explore a topic or issue that is crucial to one island. Either way, the program will prepare students with the practical research skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a world increasingly defined by interconnections and interactions among peoples and regions.

Students will:

  • study in small classes at the world’s top island studies university, hosting an Institute of Island Studies, a Canada Research Chair in Island Studies, and the internationally peer-reviewed Island Studies Journal—all located in one of North America’s most picturesque island jurisdictions
  • benefit from grants and research assistantships made available to students by faculty
  • be considered for many scholarships and awards, including entrance scholarships and donor-based awards
  • participate in a challenging scholarly and interdisciplinary environment, with expert professors based at UPEI or visiting from other parts of the world 

The program involves six courses (three hours per week for twelve weeks) and a thesis under supervision (spread over three academic terms).

Want more information about Master of Arts in Island Studies? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail Address:
Careers:
  • Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator
  • Director, Center for Life-Long Learning
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Business Owner
  • Policy Analyst, public and private sectors
  • College Instructor
  • Researcher, Organic Farming
The Master of Arts in Island Studies program is located in SDU Main Building, Room 206
(902) 620-5013
  • Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino, Island Studies Teaching Fellow, UPEI, and University of Malta
  • Dr. Darren Bardati, Environmental Studies, Bishops University
  • Dr. Barry Bartmann, Emeritus Professor, Department of Political Science, UPEI
  • Dr. Greg Brown, Urban & Regional Planning Program, University of Queensland
  • Dr. Sarath Chandrasekere, Sociology & Anthropology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Lisa Chilton, History Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Annabel Cohen, Psychology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Doreley Coll, Modern Languages Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Don Desserud, Faculty of Arts, UPEI
  • Dr. Adam Fenech, Director, UPEI Climate Lab
  • Mr. Richard Forsyth, UPEI Forensic Anthropology & Archeology Field School
  • Dr. Michael Fox, Geography and Environment Department, Mount Allison University
  • Dr. George Jia, Economics Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Udo Krautwurst, Sociology & Anthropology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Mark Lapping, Planning and Public Policy, University of Southern Maine
  • Dr. Carlo Lavoie, Modern Languages Department, UPEI 
  • Dr. Ed MacDonald, Department of History, UPEI
  • Dr. Brent MacLaine, English Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie, Psychology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. John McIntyre, English Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Peter McKenna, Political Science Department
  • Dr. Jean Mitchell, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, UPEI
  • Dr. Palanisamy Nagarajan, Emeritus Professor, Economics Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Irene Novaczek, Director, Institute of Island Studies, UPEI
  • Dr. William O’Grady, Linguistics Department, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
  • Dr. Carolyn Peach-Brown, Director of the Environmental Studies Program, UPEI
  • Dr. Jane Preston, Faculty of Education, UPEI
  • Dr. James Randall, Island Studies Program, UPEI
  • Dr. Marina Silva-Opps, Biology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Suzanne Thomas, UPEI
  • Dr. Kelly Vodden, Geography Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus
  • Dr. Lori Weeks, Applied Human Sciences Department
  • Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity, Department of Biology, UPEI
Want more information about Master of Arts in Island Studies? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail Address:
Careers:
  • Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator
  • Director, Center for Life-Long Learning
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Business Owner
  • Policy Analyst, public and private sectors
  • College Instructor
  • Researcher, Organic Farming
The Master of Arts in Island Studies program is located in SDU Main Building, Room 206
(902) 620-5013

 

Contact the MAIS Program Coordinator:

Jim Randall, PhD
Island Studies
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PEI
Canada  C1A 4P3

T. (902) 620-5013
E. jarandall@upei.ca

Course-based Stream

New course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies

Starting in September 2019, an exciting new specialization in Sustainable Island Communities and a second cohort in Island Tourism

UPEI is recognized as the world leader in delivering a quality Island Studies education, successfully offering a thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies program for more than 15 years.

Now, building on our initial success in 2018, in September 2019 we will be offering a a brand new cohort of the course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies program, specializing in Sustainable Island Communities. For those who missed out on the initial offering of the Island Tourism specialization, you are not out of luck. Starting in September 2019, we will be starting a second cohort of this specialization.  Course-based stream students will participate in hybrid model delivery courses, combining online, video-based and face-to-face instruction. You can choose to come to PEI to complete your graduate degree or be connected with the rest of your cohort from the comfort of your own home.

Course-based focus areas

Combined with the work of the Institute of Island Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, the MAIS course- and work-study based stream provides even more opportunities for students around the world to access the leading Island Studies post-graduate program in the world today. 

Island Tourism
September 2019

Tourism on many islands is one of the largest employers and fastest-growing sectors. This focus area is designed to meet the needs of current and future island-based tourism industry managers, executives, and other professional and public sector researchers. Graduates will develop their analytical, research and management skills to a standard that will allow them to excel in this growing sector. Graduates will develop a firm understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities associated with tourism in both warm and cold-weather island tourist destinations. The practical experiences associated with this program will allow students to work with professionals in the tourism sector to gain knowledge in the industry that complements the knowledge gained in the classroom. Employment opportunities for graduates include positions in travel agency and tour operating companies, the heritage sector, official tourist organizations, branding and marketing companies, and local or national government and other (including regional and international) organizations where knowledge of the tourism sector is important.

Sustainable Island Communities
September 2019

Islands are special environments that are both resilient and vulnerable to changes in climate, economy and culture. A specialization in Sustainable Island Communities combines concepts of community development with practices of sustainability on islands to create a cutting-edge post-graduate degree. This focus area is ideal for students interested in the interdependence of physical, ecological, economic, political, cultural and social issues and who want to strengthen their abilities to become effective agents of community change. Students learn to take concepts, skills, solutions and strategies learnt in the classroom and test them against real-world situations on islands throughout the world.  Almost all public and private organizations are now incorporating some aspects of sustainability planning –including climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies - into their practices.

Employment opportunities for graduates of this specialization include community economic development, natural resources management, sustainable agriculture, rural and land-use planning, renewable and alternative energy management, environmental consulting, sustainability director positions, and posts with international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Watch, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. Local, regional and federal government departments of sustainability and environmental management on islands would be natural employers for graduates from this focus area. Students will benefit from opportunities accorded them from UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability based at UPEI.

An additional focus area in International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will be offered in 2020. Ask the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca for more details.

Program structure

September–December 2019

  • All new students will take Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies (IST 6010) and Research Methods and Design for Island Studies (IST 6040). These foundational courses will allow you to learn about the field of Island Studies while getting to know your instructors, your classmates and your new university. Island Tourism students will also take the core Islands and Tourism (IST 6230) course, while the Sustainable Island Communities students will take Sustainability for Small Islands (IST 6250)

January–April 2020

  • Island Tourism students will take Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands (IST 6110) and Approaches to the Management of Island Tourism (IST 6240)
  • Sustainable Island Communities students will take Political Ecology of Small Islands (IST 6130) and Blue/Green Development Strategies for Small Islands (IST 6260)

May–June 2020

  • The Theory and Practice of Island Research I (IST 6210) is the first of two work-study experiences for all course- and work-study students. These experiential courses consist of 35-40 contact hours with island organizations linked to your specialization and supplemental online instruction. These project-specific experiences might be at your home location, on PEI or at other sites around the world.

September 2020–April 2021

  • Over the next eight months, you will register in another two courses, each delivered using a combination of face-to-face, online and video technology.

May–June 2021

  • The second work-study experience course, Theory and Practice of Island Research II (IST 6220), can be undertaken at the same or a different organization as the first work-study experience.

July–August 2021

  • Students will complete the final course in the program; Communications Management and Island Issues (IST 6200). After your successful completion of this course, you will join the proud alumni of UPEI's Master of Arts, Island Studies program.

Scholarships and bursaries

Approximately one-quarter to one-third of all students accepted into the thesis and course-based programs will receive scholarships that will partially offset their costs. For more information on this innovative program or the thesis-based program and opportunities for admission, please contact the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca. Students applying by March 31, 2019 will receive first consideration for scholarships.

Thesis Stream

The Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) at the University of Prince Edward Island is a unique, interdisciplinary, and policy-driven graduate program that critiques islands on their own terms. We welcome students from around the world with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and diverse degrees, or with professional workplace experience in the public, private, or resource sectors.

Our program offers a challenging opportunity for students with:
  • a special interest in researching islands: their societies, economies, histories, cultures, governments, geographies, and environments
  • an interest in public policy and administration
  • career aspirations within local, regional, national, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • career aspirations in the private and resource sectors
  • a desire for the challenge of graduate education

Thesis stream students may adopt a comparative approach to study islands or explore a topic or issue that is crucial to one island. Either way, the program will prepare students with the practical research skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a world increasingly defined by interconnections and interactions among peoples and regions.

Students will:

  • study in small classes at the world’s top island studies university, hosting an Institute of Island Studies, a Canada Research Chair in Island Studies, and the internationally peer-reviewed Island Studies Journal—all located in one of North America’s most picturesque island jurisdictions
  • benefit from grants and research assistantships made available to students by faculty
  • be considered for many scholarships and awards, including entrance scholarships and donor-based awards
  • participate in a challenging scholarly and interdisciplinary environment, with expert professors based at UPEI or visiting from other parts of the world 

The program involves six courses (three hours per week for twelve weeks) and a thesis under supervision (spread over three academic terms).

Faculty
  • Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino, Island Studies Teaching Fellow, UPEI, and University of Malta
  • Dr. Darren Bardati, Environmental Studies, Bishops University
  • Dr. Barry Bartmann, Emeritus Professor, Department of Political Science, UPEI
  • Dr. Greg Brown, Urban & Regional Planning Program, University of Queensland
  • Dr. Sarath Chandrasekere, Sociology & Anthropology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Lisa Chilton, History Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Annabel Cohen, Psychology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Doreley Coll, Modern Languages Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Don Desserud, Faculty of Arts, UPEI
  • Dr. Adam Fenech, Director, UPEI Climate Lab
  • Mr. Richard Forsyth, UPEI Forensic Anthropology & Archeology Field School
  • Dr. Michael Fox, Geography and Environment Department, Mount Allison University
  • Dr. George Jia, Economics Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Udo Krautwurst, Sociology & Anthropology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Mark Lapping, Planning and Public Policy, University of Southern Maine
  • Dr. Carlo Lavoie, Modern Languages Department, UPEI 
  • Dr. Ed MacDonald, Department of History, UPEI
  • Dr. Brent MacLaine, English Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie, Psychology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. John McIntyre, English Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Peter McKenna, Political Science Department
  • Dr. Jean Mitchell, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, UPEI
  • Dr. Palanisamy Nagarajan, Emeritus Professor, Economics Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Irene Novaczek, Director, Institute of Island Studies, UPEI
  • Dr. William O’Grady, Linguistics Department, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
  • Dr. Carolyn Peach-Brown, Director of the Environmental Studies Program, UPEI
  • Dr. Jane Preston, Faculty of Education, UPEI
  • Dr. James Randall, Island Studies Program, UPEI
  • Dr. Marina Silva-Opps, Biology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Suzanne Thomas, UPEI
  • Dr. Kelly Vodden, Geography Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus
  • Dr. Lori Weeks, Applied Human Sciences Department
  • Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity, Department of Biology, UPEI
Program Coordinator

 

Contact the MAIS Program Coordinator:

Jim Randall, PhD
Island Studies
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PEI
Canada  C1A 4P3

T. (902) 620-5013
E. jarandall@upei.ca

Course-based Stream

New course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies

Starting in September 2019, an exciting new specialization in Sustainable Island Communities and a second cohort in Island Tourism

UPEI is recognized as the world leader in delivering a quality Island Studies education, successfully offering a thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies program for more than 15 years.

Now, building on our initial success in 2018, in September 2019 we will be offering a a brand new cohort of the course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies program, specializing in Sustainable Island Communities. For those who missed out on the initial offering of the Island Tourism specialization, you are not out of luck. Starting in September 2019, we will be starting a second cohort of this specialization.  Course-based stream students will participate in hybrid model delivery courses, combining online, video-based and face-to-face instruction. You can choose to come to PEI to complete your graduate degree or be connected with the rest of your cohort from the comfort of your own home.

Course-based focus areas

Combined with the work of the Institute of Island Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, the MAIS course- and work-study based stream provides even more opportunities for students around the world to access the leading Island Studies post-graduate program in the world today. 

Island Tourism
September 2019

Tourism on many islands is one of the largest employers and fastest-growing sectors. This focus area is designed to meet the needs of current and future island-based tourism industry managers, executives, and other professional and public sector researchers. Graduates will develop their analytical, research and management skills to a standard that will allow them to excel in this growing sector. Graduates will develop a firm understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities associated with tourism in both warm and cold-weather island tourist destinations. The practical experiences associated with this program will allow students to work with professionals in the tourism sector to gain knowledge in the industry that complements the knowledge gained in the classroom. Employment opportunities for graduates include positions in travel agency and tour operating companies, the heritage sector, official tourist organizations, branding and marketing companies, and local or national government and other (including regional and international) organizations where knowledge of the tourism sector is important.

Sustainable Island Communities
September 2019

Islands are special environments that are both resilient and vulnerable to changes in climate, economy and culture. A specialization in Sustainable Island Communities combines concepts of community development with practices of sustainability on islands to create a cutting-edge post-graduate degree. This focus area is ideal for students interested in the interdependence of physical, ecological, economic, political, cultural and social issues and who want to strengthen their abilities to become effective agents of community change. Students learn to take concepts, skills, solutions and strategies learnt in the classroom and test them against real-world situations on islands throughout the world.  Almost all public and private organizations are now incorporating some aspects of sustainability planning –including climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies - into their practices.

Employment opportunities for graduates of this specialization include community economic development, natural resources management, sustainable agriculture, rural and land-use planning, renewable and alternative energy management, environmental consulting, sustainability director positions, and posts with international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Watch, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. Local, regional and federal government departments of sustainability and environmental management on islands would be natural employers for graduates from this focus area. Students will benefit from opportunities accorded them from UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability based at UPEI.

An additional focus area in International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will be offered in 2020. Ask the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca for more details.

Program structure

September–December 2019

  • All new students will take Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies (IST 6010) and Research Methods and Design for Island Studies (IST 6040). These foundational courses will allow you to learn about the field of Island Studies while getting to know your instructors, your classmates and your new university. Island Tourism students will also take the core Islands and Tourism (IST 6230) course, while the Sustainable Island Communities students will take Sustainability for Small Islands (IST 6250)

January–April 2020

  • Island Tourism students will take Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands (IST 6110) and Approaches to the Management of Island Tourism (IST 6240)
  • Sustainable Island Communities students will take Political Ecology of Small Islands (IST 6130) and Blue/Green Development Strategies for Small Islands (IST 6260)

May–June 2020

  • The Theory and Practice of Island Research I (IST 6210) is the first of two work-study experiences for all course- and work-study students. These experiential courses consist of 35-40 contact hours with island organizations linked to your specialization and supplemental online instruction. These project-specific experiences might be at your home location, on PEI or at other sites around the world.

September 2020–April 2021

  • Over the next eight months, you will register in another two courses, each delivered using a combination of face-to-face, online and video technology.

May–June 2021

  • The second work-study experience course, Theory and Practice of Island Research II (IST 6220), can be undertaken at the same or a different organization as the first work-study experience.

July–August 2021

  • Students will complete the final course in the program; Communications Management and Island Issues (IST 6200). After your successful completion of this course, you will join the proud alumni of UPEI's Master of Arts, Island Studies program.

Scholarships and bursaries

Approximately one-quarter to one-third of all students accepted into the thesis and course-based programs will receive scholarships that will partially offset their costs. For more information on this innovative program or the thesis-based program and opportunities for admission, please contact the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca. Students applying by March 31, 2019 will receive first consideration for scholarships.

Thesis Stream

The Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) at the University of Prince Edward Island is a unique, interdisciplinary, and policy-driven graduate program that critiques islands on their own terms. We welcome students from around the world with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and diverse degrees, or with professional workplace experience in the public, private, or resource sectors.

Our program offers a challenging opportunity for students with:
  • a special interest in researching islands: their societies, economies, histories, cultures, governments, geographies, and environments
  • an interest in public policy and administration
  • career aspirations within local, regional, national, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • career aspirations in the private and resource sectors
  • a desire for the challenge of graduate education

Thesis stream students may adopt a comparative approach to study islands or explore a topic or issue that is crucial to one island. Either way, the program will prepare students with the practical research skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a world increasingly defined by interconnections and interactions among peoples and regions.

Students will:

  • study in small classes at the world’s top island studies university, hosting an Institute of Island Studies, a Canada Research Chair in Island Studies, and the internationally peer-reviewed Island Studies Journal—all located in one of North America’s most picturesque island jurisdictions
  • benefit from grants and research assistantships made available to students by faculty
  • be considered for many scholarships and awards, including entrance scholarships and donor-based awards
  • participate in a challenging scholarly and interdisciplinary environment, with expert professors based at UPEI or visiting from other parts of the world 

The program involves six courses (three hours per week for twelve weeks) and a thesis under supervision (spread over three academic terms).

Faculty

  • Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino, Island Studies Teaching Fellow, UPEI, and University of Malta
  • Dr. Darren Bardati, Environmental Studies, Bishops University
  • Dr. Barry Bartmann, Emeritus Professor, Department of Political Science, UPEI
  • Dr. Greg Brown, Urban & Regional Planning Program, University of Queensland
  • Dr. Sarath Chandrasekere, Sociology & Anthropology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Lisa Chilton, History Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Annabel Cohen, Psychology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Doreley Coll, Modern Languages Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Don Desserud, Faculty of Arts, UPEI
  • Dr. Adam Fenech, Director, UPEI Climate Lab
  • Mr. Richard Forsyth, UPEI Forensic Anthropology & Archeology Field School
  • Dr. Michael Fox, Geography and Environment Department, Mount Allison University
  • Dr. George Jia, Economics Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Udo Krautwurst, Sociology & Anthropology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Mark Lapping, Planning and Public Policy, University of Southern Maine
  • Dr. Carlo Lavoie, Modern Languages Department, UPEI 
  • Dr. Ed MacDonald, Department of History, UPEI
  • Dr. Brent MacLaine, English Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie, Psychology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. John McIntyre, English Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Peter McKenna, Political Science Department
  • Dr. Jean Mitchell, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, UPEI
  • Dr. Palanisamy Nagarajan, Emeritus Professor, Economics Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Irene Novaczek, Director, Institute of Island Studies, UPEI
  • Dr. William O’Grady, Linguistics Department, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
  • Dr. Carolyn Peach-Brown, Director of the Environmental Studies Program, UPEI
  • Dr. Jane Preston, Faculty of Education, UPEI
  • Dr. James Randall, Island Studies Program, UPEI
  • Dr. Marina Silva-Opps, Biology Department, UPEI
  • Dr. Suzanne Thomas, UPEI
  • Dr. Kelly Vodden, Geography Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus
  • Dr. Lori Weeks, Applied Human Sciences Department
  • Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity, Department of Biology, UPEI

Program Coordinator

 

Contact the MAIS Program Coordinator:

Jim Randall, PhD
Island Studies
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PEI
Canada  C1A 4P3

T. (902) 620-5013
E. jarandall@upei.ca

Want more information about Master of Arts in Island Studies? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail Address:
Careers: 
Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator
Director, Center for Life-Long Learning
Chief Marketing Officer
Business Owner
Policy Analyst, public and private sectors
College Instructor
Researcher, Organic Farming
Course Level: 
Master of Arts in Island Studies courses
Courses: 
IST-6010 Themes and Perspective in Island Studies
This course explores contemporary and historical research questions and issues central to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of small islands and archipelagos. Topics include islands' identity, characteristics, challenges, opportunities, cultures, geography, economics, history, environmental concerns, and governance systems. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1
3 hours credit
IST-6040 Research Methods and Design for Island Studies
Introduction to research methods and research design as they pertain to study of small islands. The non-availability of island-specific data in non-island jurisdictions and researchers' perspectives and points of view will be considered. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6090 Migration and Movement among Small Islands
This course examines the diverse issues arising from migration and movement among and within small islands. Topics will include the creation of small-island societies through successive and often competing waves of colonization by migrants, adventurers, and/or conquerors, as well as the complex two-way traffic that generally characterizes the subsequent development of island societies. Case studies of specific small islands, as well as comparative assessment of different small-island cases, provide opportunities to investigate the themes discussed in a concrete and practical manner. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6110 Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands
Using case studies, this course introduces the comparative study of economic development strategies applicable to small- island economics. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6120 The International Relations of Small Island States
Small-island states share a wide range of issues that are either exclusive to small islands or of particular salience for these island states. This course explores in-depth the international agenda for small-island states, the channels and resources involved in their international relations, and the attention and commitment of metropolitan states and international organizations. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6130 The Political Ecology of Small Islands
This course examines the intersections among politics, policy, and island environments. The tension between external economic pressures and trans-jurisdictional environmental protection mechanisms, with particular emphasis on topics such as global warming, fishing stocks, and biodiversity, is examined. Other factors including cultural and political forces that encourage development despite environmental risks also are explored. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6140 Islandness: Culture, Change and Identity on Small Islands
In this course students investigate the effects of insularity on small-island populations. The relationship between the population's identity (culture, ethnicity, self-confidence) and its economic and political choices is examined. Students examine history, folklore, art, literature, anthropology, economics, and political theories in the context of "islandness." LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6150 Public Policy in Small Islands
This course examines the determinants or causes of public policy in small-island jurisdictions. Students familiarize themselves with various models for understanding the causes of public policy and with selected frameworks for comparing policy across jurisdictions. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6160 Directed Studies
Under the supervision of a faculty member, a graduate student independently pursues an area of interest in-depth. The course includes a thorough literature review of the topic and directed research. NOTE: Students are permitted to take no more than two Directed Studies courses towards the Master of Arts in Island Studies. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6170 Special Topics
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Master of Arts. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6180 Colonial and Postcolonial Discourse Theories: An Introduction
Students will be introduced to the basic elements of colonial and postcolonial discourse analysis, an interdisciplinary field of study. Some of the prominent practitioners and debates in the field will be considered, as well as some of the cultural, historical, and political reasons for its emergence. A particular emphasis will be placed on colonialism and postcolonialism in island contexts. LECTURE: 2. SEMINAR: 1. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6200 Communication Management & Island Issues
This course examines the concepts, principles and application of interpersonal and small group communications, public relations, strategic planning, law, leadership and ethics and applies them to island organizations and governments.
3 hours credit
IST-6210 Theory and Practice of Island Research I
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop, integrate and apply their knowledge of island issues and theory in a specific focus area. Students will be involved in practical experiences with private, public or non-governmental organizations that deal with island issues. In-class discussions and discussion forums among students will assist students in developing an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to analysing these experiences.
3 hours credit
IST-6220 Theory and Practice Island Research II
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop, integrate and apply their knowledge of island issues and theory in a specific focus area that is developed collaboratively with private, public or non-governmental organizations. In-class discussions and discussion forums build on the knowledge gained earlier in the program, including in the introductory practical experience course (IST 6210).
3 hours credit
IST-6230 Islands and Tourism
This course provides students with an interdisciplinary analysis of the nature of island tourism. It covers the motivations and marketing of island tourism, the development opportunities, impacts and challenges, mass tourism versus niche tourism and the application to different island contexts, including warm-water versus cold-water locations.
3 hours credit
IST-6240 Approaches to Management Island Tourism
This course explores the relationship between theory and practice in island tourism operations and tourism destinations. It will also examine the various ways that tourism impacts island communities throughout the world. The primary focus is on policies, designs, and strategies to mitigate the negative impacts and help tourism to become a sustainable and positive aspect of community development. Environmental, economic, cultural and social aspects of tourism will be considered.
3 hours credit
IST-6250 Sustainability for Small Islands
This course explores the concept of sustainability as it has been applied to small islands of the world. It will show how the concepts of vulnerability and resilience have been applied to better understand development and underdevelopment taking place on islands from a holistic perspective. It also examines island sustainability from an indigenous and islander perspective versus an 'outsider' perspective.
3 hours credit
IST-6260 Blue/Green Development Strategies for Small Islands
Blue-green development is an approach that emphasizes the integration of marine and land-based resources and sectors, sustainable production and consumption, indigenous perspectives, diversification, clean technology, renewable energy and island entrepreneurship. This course examines and critiques this framework as a viable development path for small islands.
3 hours credit
IST-6270 Subnational Island Jurisdictions
Subnational island jurisdictions (or SNIJs) are political island entities that are in a semi-autonomous relationship with other jurisdictions. It includes provinces, states, and overseas territories. This course describes the nature and evolution of SNIJs and explains their resilience in a post-colonial world.
3 hours credit
IST-6990 Thesis
These topics will ordinarily require framing in a regional and comparative island studies context, with students then focusing on an issue or issues as it impacts on: one particular island; two or more islands; or the relationship between island and mainland. Students will be required to present a thesis proposal and their thesis results in a seminar format prior to their oral examination. SEMESTER HOURS OF CREDIT: 12, upon completion of Thesis
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Island Studies 6010, 6040, and one other graduate level 3 credit-hour course that is part of their program of studies.
12 hours credit

Calendar Courses

IST-6010 Themes and Perspective in Island Studies
This course explores contemporary and historical research questions and issues central to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of small islands and archipelagos. Topics include islands' identity, characteristics, challenges, opportunities, cultures, geography, economics, history, environmental concerns, and governance systems. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1
3 hours credit
IST-6040 Research Methods and Design for Island Studies
Introduction to research methods and research design as they pertain to study of small islands. The non-availability of island-specific data in non-island jurisdictions and researchers' perspectives and points of view will be considered. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6090 Migration and Movement among Small Islands
This course examines the diverse issues arising from migration and movement among and within small islands. Topics will include the creation of small-island societies through successive and often competing waves of colonization by migrants, adventurers, and/or conquerors, as well as the complex two-way traffic that generally characterizes the subsequent development of island societies. Case studies of specific small islands, as well as comparative assessment of different small-island cases, provide opportunities to investigate the themes discussed in a concrete and practical manner. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6110 Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands
Using case studies, this course introduces the comparative study of economic development strategies applicable to small- island economics. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6120 The International Relations of Small Island States
Small-island states share a wide range of issues that are either exclusive to small islands or of particular salience for these island states. This course explores in-depth the international agenda for small-island states, the channels and resources involved in their international relations, and the attention and commitment of metropolitan states and international organizations. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6130 The Political Ecology of Small Islands
This course examines the intersections among politics, policy, and island environments. The tension between external economic pressures and trans-jurisdictional environmental protection mechanisms, with particular emphasis on topics such as global warming, fishing stocks, and biodiversity, is examined. Other factors including cultural and political forces that encourage development despite environmental risks also are explored. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6140 Islandness: Culture, Change and Identity on Small Islands
In this course students investigate the effects of insularity on small-island populations. The relationship between the population's identity (culture, ethnicity, self-confidence) and its economic and political choices is examined. Students examine history, folklore, art, literature, anthropology, economics, and political theories in the context of "islandness." LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6150 Public Policy in Small Islands
This course examines the determinants or causes of public policy in small-island jurisdictions. Students familiarize themselves with various models for understanding the causes of public policy and with selected frameworks for comparing policy across jurisdictions. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6160 Directed Studies
Under the supervision of a faculty member, a graduate student independently pursues an area of interest in-depth. The course includes a thorough literature review of the topic and directed research. NOTE: Students are permitted to take no more than two Directed Studies courses towards the Master of Arts in Island Studies. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6170 Special Topics
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Master of Arts. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6180 Colonial and Postcolonial Discourse Theories: An Introduction
Students will be introduced to the basic elements of colonial and postcolonial discourse analysis, an interdisciplinary field of study. Some of the prominent practitioners and debates in the field will be considered, as well as some of the cultural, historical, and political reasons for its emergence. A particular emphasis will be placed on colonialism and postcolonialism in island contexts. LECTURE: 2. SEMINAR: 1. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6200 Communication Management & Island Issues
This course examines the concepts, principles and application of interpersonal and small group communications, public relations, strategic planning, law, leadership and ethics and applies them to island organizations and governments.
3 hours credit
IST-6210 Theory and Practice of Island Research I
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop, integrate and apply their knowledge of island issues and theory in a specific focus area. Students will be involved in practical experiences with private, public or non-governmental organizations that deal with island issues. In-class discussions and discussion forums among students will assist students in developing an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to analysing these experiences.
3 hours credit
IST-6220 Theory and Practice Island Research II
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop, integrate and apply their knowledge of island issues and theory in a specific focus area that is developed collaboratively with private, public or non-governmental organizations. In-class discussions and discussion forums build on the knowledge gained earlier in the program, including in the introductory practical experience course (IST 6210).
3 hours credit
IST-6230 Islands and Tourism
This course provides students with an interdisciplinary analysis of the nature of island tourism. It covers the motivations and marketing of island tourism, the development opportunities, impacts and challenges, mass tourism versus niche tourism and the application to different island contexts, including warm-water versus cold-water locations.
3 hours credit
IST-6240 Approaches to Management Island Tourism
This course explores the relationship between theory and practice in island tourism operations and tourism destinations. It will also examine the various ways that tourism impacts island communities throughout the world. The primary focus is on policies, designs, and strategies to mitigate the negative impacts and help tourism to become a sustainable and positive aspect of community development. Environmental, economic, cultural and social aspects of tourism will be considered.
3 hours credit
IST-6250 Sustainability for Small Islands
This course explores the concept of sustainability as it has been applied to small islands of the world. It will show how the concepts of vulnerability and resilience have been applied to better understand development and underdevelopment taking place on islands from a holistic perspective. It also examines island sustainability from an indigenous and islander perspective versus an 'outsider' perspective.
3 hours credit
IST-6260 Blue/Green Development Strategies for Small Islands
Blue-green development is an approach that emphasizes the integration of marine and land-based resources and sectors, sustainable production and consumption, indigenous perspectives, diversification, clean technology, renewable energy and island entrepreneurship. This course examines and critiques this framework as a viable development path for small islands.
3 hours credit
IST-6270 Subnational Island Jurisdictions
Subnational island jurisdictions (or SNIJs) are political island entities that are in a semi-autonomous relationship with other jurisdictions. It includes provinces, states, and overseas territories. This course describes the nature and evolution of SNIJs and explains their resilience in a post-colonial world.
3 hours credit
IST-6990 Thesis
These topics will ordinarily require framing in a regional and comparative island studies context, with students then focusing on an issue or issues as it impacts on: one particular island; two or more islands; or the relationship between island and mainland. Students will be required to present a thesis proposal and their thesis results in a seminar format prior to their oral examination. SEMESTER HOURS OF CREDIT: 12, upon completion of Thesis
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Island Studies 6010, 6040, and one other graduate level 3 credit-hour course that is part of their program of studies.
12 hours credit

Calendar Courses

Master of Arts in Island Studies courses

IST-6010 Themes and Perspective in Island Studies
This course explores contemporary and historical research questions and issues central to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of small islands and archipelagos. Topics include islands' identity, characteristics, challenges, opportunities, cultures, geography, economics, history, environmental concerns, and governance systems. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1
3 hours credit
IST-6040 Research Methods and Design for Island Studies
Introduction to research methods and research design as they pertain to study of small islands. The non-availability of island-specific data in non-island jurisdictions and researchers' perspectives and points of view will be considered. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6090 Migration and Movement among Small Islands
This course examines the diverse issues arising from migration and movement among and within small islands. Topics will include the creation of small-island societies through successive and often competing waves of colonization by migrants, adventurers, and/or conquerors, as well as the complex two-way traffic that generally characterizes the subsequent development of island societies. Case studies of specific small islands, as well as comparative assessment of different small-island cases, provide opportunities to investigate the themes discussed in a concrete and practical manner. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6110 Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands
Using case studies, this course introduces the comparative study of economic development strategies applicable to small- island economics. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6120 The International Relations of Small Island States
Small-island states share a wide range of issues that are either exclusive to small islands or of particular salience for these island states. This course explores in-depth the international agenda for small-island states, the channels and resources involved in their international relations, and the attention and commitment of metropolitan states and international organizations. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6130 The Political Ecology of Small Islands
This course examines the intersections among politics, policy, and island environments. The tension between external economic pressures and trans-jurisdictional environmental protection mechanisms, with particular emphasis on topics such as global warming, fishing stocks, and biodiversity, is examined. Other factors including cultural and political forces that encourage development despite environmental risks also are explored. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6140 Islandness: Culture, Change and Identity on Small Islands
In this course students investigate the effects of insularity on small-island populations. The relationship between the population's identity (culture, ethnicity, self-confidence) and its economic and political choices is examined. Students examine history, folklore, art, literature, anthropology, economics, and political theories in the context of "islandness." LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6150 Public Policy in Small Islands
This course examines the determinants or causes of public policy in small-island jurisdictions. Students familiarize themselves with various models for understanding the causes of public policy and with selected frameworks for comparing policy across jurisdictions. HOURS PER WEEK: 3 LECTURE: 2 SEMINAR: 1 Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6160 Directed Studies
Under the supervision of a faculty member, a graduate student independently pursues an area of interest in-depth. The course includes a thorough literature review of the topic and directed research. NOTE: Students are permitted to take no more than two Directed Studies courses towards the Master of Arts in Island Studies. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6170 Special Topics
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Master of Arts. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6180 Colonial and Postcolonial Discourse Theories: An Introduction
Students will be introduced to the basic elements of colonial and postcolonial discourse analysis, an interdisciplinary field of study. Some of the prominent practitioners and debates in the field will be considered, as well as some of the cultural, historical, and political reasons for its emergence. A particular emphasis will be placed on colonialism and postcolonialism in island contexts. LECTURE: 2. SEMINAR: 1. Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
3 hours credit
IST-6200 Communication Management & Island Issues
This course examines the concepts, principles and application of interpersonal and small group communications, public relations, strategic planning, law, leadership and ethics and applies them to island organizations and governments.
3 hours credit
IST-6210 Theory and Practice of Island Research I
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop, integrate and apply their knowledge of island issues and theory in a specific focus area. Students will be involved in practical experiences with private, public or non-governmental organizations that deal with island issues. In-class discussions and discussion forums among students will assist students in developing an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to analysing these experiences.
3 hours credit
IST-6220 Theory and Practice Island Research II
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop, integrate and apply their knowledge of island issues and theory in a specific focus area that is developed collaboratively with private, public or non-governmental organizations. In-class discussions and discussion forums build on the knowledge gained earlier in the program, including in the introductory practical experience course (IST 6210).
3 hours credit
IST-6230 Islands and Tourism
This course provides students with an interdisciplinary analysis of the nature of island tourism. It covers the motivations and marketing of island tourism, the development opportunities, impacts and challenges, mass tourism versus niche tourism and the application to different island contexts, including warm-water versus cold-water locations.
3 hours credit
IST-6240 Approaches to Management Island Tourism
This course explores the relationship between theory and practice in island tourism operations and tourism destinations. It will also examine the various ways that tourism impacts island communities throughout the world. The primary focus is on policies, designs, and strategies to mitigate the negative impacts and help tourism to become a sustainable and positive aspect of community development. Environmental, economic, cultural and social aspects of tourism will be considered.
3 hours credit
IST-6250 Sustainability for Small Islands
This course explores the concept of sustainability as it has been applied to small islands of the world. It will show how the concepts of vulnerability and resilience have been applied to better understand development and underdevelopment taking place on islands from a holistic perspective. It also examines island sustainability from an indigenous and islander perspective versus an 'outsider' perspective.
3 hours credit
IST-6260 Blue/Green Development Strategies for Small Islands
Blue-green development is an approach that emphasizes the integration of marine and land-based resources and sectors, sustainable production and consumption, indigenous perspectives, diversification, clean technology, renewable energy and island entrepreneurship. This course examines and critiques this framework as a viable development path for small islands.
3 hours credit
IST-6270 Subnational Island Jurisdictions
Subnational island jurisdictions (or SNIJs) are political island entities that are in a semi-autonomous relationship with other jurisdictions. It includes provinces, states, and overseas territories. This course describes the nature and evolution of SNIJs and explains their resilience in a post-colonial world.
3 hours credit
IST-6990 Thesis
These topics will ordinarily require framing in a regional and comparative island studies context, with students then focusing on an issue or issues as it impacts on: one particular island; two or more islands; or the relationship between island and mainland. Students will be required to present a thesis proposal and their thesis results in a seminar format prior to their oral examination. SEMESTER HOURS OF CREDIT: 12, upon completion of Thesis
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Island Studies 6010, 6040, and one other graduate level 3 credit-hour course that is part of their program of studies.
12 hours credit
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