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-based Master of Arts in Island Studies

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 15 years.

Now, for the first time, we will be offering a course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies program, specializing in Island Tourism. Course-based stream students will participate in hybrid model delivery courses, with all courses delivered either online or in compressed summer sessions on PEI.

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-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 2018

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.

Additional focus areas in Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will also be offered in subsequent student intakes.

Program structure

August, 2018

  • New students will come together face-to-face for two weeks at the UPEI campus in Prince Edward Island to take Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies (IST 6010). This will allow you to get to know your instructors, your classmates and learn about your university, all on the beautiful shores of Prince Edward Island.  Students at a distance are welcome to stay on PEI to complete the remainder of their program taking a mixture of online and face-to-face courses.

September–October 2018

  • All on-line courses are delivered in six-week blocks. Your first online course will be Research Methods and Design for Island Studies (IST 6040).

November–December 2018

  • Islands and Tourism (IST 6230)

January–February 2019

  • Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands (IST 6110)

March–April 2019

  • Approaches to the Management of Island Tourism (IST 6240)

May–June 2019

  • The Theory and Practice of Island Research I (IST 6210) is the first of two work-study experiences for students.  hese experiential courses consist of 35–40 contact hours with an island tourism organization and supplemental online instruction. These project-specific experiences might be at your home location, on PEI or at other sites.

September 2019–April 2020

  • Over the next eight months, you will register in another two online courses, each delivered in six-week blocks.

May–June 2020

  • 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 2020

  • Students will come together for a second two week period on Prince Edward Island to complete your program. Your final course will be Communications Management and Island Issues (IST 6200). At the end of this course there will be a celebration of your achievements and an informal graduation ceremony.

Scholarships and bursaries

Many accpeted students will receive scholarships and bursaries. For more information on this innovative program and opportunities for admission, please contact the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca. Students applying by March 31, 2018 will receive first consideration for scholarships and bursaries. 

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-based Master of Arts in Island Studies

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 15 years.

Now, for the first time, we will be offering a course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies program, specializing in Island Tourism. Course-based stream students will participate in hybrid model delivery courses, with all courses delivered either online or in compressed summer sessions on PEI.

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-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 2018

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.

Additional focus areas in Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will also be offered in subsequent student intakes.

Program structure

August, 2018

  • New students will come together face-to-face for two weeks at the UPEI campus in Prince Edward Island to take Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies (IST 6010). This will allow you to get to know your instructors, your classmates and learn about your university, all on the beautiful shores of Prince Edward Island.  Students at a distance are welcome to stay on PEI to complete the remainder of their program taking a mixture of online and face-to-face courses.

September–October 2018

  • All on-line courses are delivered in six-week blocks. Your first online course will be Research Methods and Design for Island Studies (IST 6040).

November–December 2018

  • Islands and Tourism (IST 6230)

January–February 2019

  • Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands (IST 6110)

March–April 2019

  • Approaches to the Management of Island Tourism (IST 6240)

May–June 2019

  • The Theory and Practice of Island Research I (IST 6210) is the first of two work-study experiences for students.  hese experiential courses consist of 35–40 contact hours with an island tourism organization and supplemental online instruction. These project-specific experiences might be at your home location, on PEI or at other sites.

September 2019–April 2020

  • Over the next eight months, you will register in another two online courses, each delivered in six-week blocks.

May–June 2020

  • 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 2020

  • Students will come together for a second two week period on Prince Edward Island to complete your program. Your final course will be Communications Management and Island Issues (IST 6200). At the end of this course there will be a celebration of your achievements and an informal graduation ceremony.

Scholarships and bursaries

Many accpeted students will receive scholarships and bursaries. For more information on this innovative program and opportunities for admission, please contact the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca. Students applying by March 31, 2018 will receive first consideration for scholarships and bursaries. 

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-based Master of Arts in Island Studies

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 15 years.

Now, for the first time, we will be offering a course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies program, specializing in Island Tourism. Course-based stream students will participate in hybrid model delivery courses, with all courses delivered either online or in compressed summer sessions on PEI.

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-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 2018

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.

Additional focus areas in Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will also be offered in subsequent student intakes.

Program structure

August, 2018

  • New students will come together face-to-face for two weeks at the UPEI campus in Prince Edward Island to take Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies (IST 6010). This will allow you to get to know your instructors, your classmates and learn about your university, all on the beautiful shores of Prince Edward Island.  Students at a distance are welcome to stay on PEI to complete the remainder of their program taking a mixture of online and face-to-face courses.

September–October 2018

  • All on-line courses are delivered in six-week blocks. Your first online course will be Research Methods and Design for Island Studies (IST 6040).

November–December 2018

  • Islands and Tourism (IST 6230)

January–February 2019

  • Strategies for Economic Development for Small Islands (IST 6110)

March–April 2019

  • Approaches to the Management of Island Tourism (IST 6240)

May–June 2019

  • The Theory and Practice of Island Research I (IST 6210) is the first of two work-study experiences for students.  hese experiential courses consist of 35–40 contact hours with an island tourism organization and supplemental online instruction. These project-specific experiences might be at your home location, on PEI or at other sites.

September 2019–April 2020

  • Over the next eight months, you will register in another two online courses, each delivered in six-week blocks.

May–June 2020

  • 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 2020

  • Students will come together for a second two week period on Prince Edward Island to complete your program. Your final course will be Communications Management and Island Issues (IST 6200). At the end of this course there will be a celebration of your achievements and an informal graduation ceremony.

Scholarships and bursaries

Many accpeted students will receive scholarships and bursaries. For more information on this innovative program and opportunities for admission, please contact the Program Coordinator at mais@upei.ca. Students applying by March 31, 2018 will receive first consideration for scholarships and bursaries. 

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 PERSPECTIVES 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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." SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 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-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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER HOURS OF CREDIT: 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-6190 - ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE This course focuses on developing an understanding of principles, practices and emerging issues relating to environmental governance. An emphasis is placed on exploring the roles of governments, markets and collective action in environmental policy and management. Examples of governance arrangements are drawn from different parts of the world and different ecological contexts, including the uniqueness of island contexts. Crosslisted with Environmental Studies (c.f. Environmental Studies 4110) Three semester hours of credit Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
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 PERSPECTIVES 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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." SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 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-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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER HOURS OF CREDIT: 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-6190 - ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE This course focuses on developing an understanding of principles, practices and emerging issues relating to environmental governance. An emphasis is placed on exploring the roles of governments, markets and collective action in environmental policy and management. Examples of governance arrangements are drawn from different parts of the world and different ecological contexts, including the uniqueness of island contexts. Crosslisted with Environmental Studies (c.f. Environmental Studies 4110) Three semester hours of credit Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
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 PERSPECTIVES 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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." SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 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-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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER-HOURS OF CREDIT: 3 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. SEMESTER HOURS OF CREDIT: 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-6190 - ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE This course focuses on developing an understanding of principles, practices and emerging issues relating to environmental governance. An emphasis is placed on exploring the roles of governments, markets and collective action in environmental policy and management. Examples of governance arrangements are drawn from different parts of the world and different ecological contexts, including the uniqueness of island contexts. Crosslisted with Environmental Studies (c.f. Environmental Studies 4110) Three semester hours of credit Restriction: Student must be admitted into a UPEI graduate program or be eligible for graduate studies
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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