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Island Studies (Minor)

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Island Studies is offered by the UPEI Faculty of Arts.

Island Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to promote an understanding of selected features of the world's small islands, including their geographies, ecologies, cultures, political systems, histories, and societies.

The Island Studies program has three primary goals:

  • first, to engage students in an emerging, international academic discussion of islands' distinctive characteristics, challenges, and opportunities;
  • second, to study Prince Edward Island as a specific example of an island bearing these characteristics and playing out these challenges and opportunities;
  • and, third, to study islands in a comparative and international framework.
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Island Studies is offered by the UPEI Faculty of Arts.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN ISLAND STUDIES

A minor in Island Studies consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit taken from the list of approved courses, and including Island Studies 2010. Among the elective courses, students must complete at least two courses (six semester hours) specific to Prince Edward Island and at least two courses (six semester hours) which are comparative. Students intending to complete a minor in Island Studies are encouraged to complete Island Studies 2010 early in their course of studies. Students minoring in Island Studies must choose at least 4 courses in subject areas other than those in which they are majoring.

ELECTIVES

Prince Edward Island Courses

  • Biology 2220 - General Ecology
  • Biology 3270 – Field Coastal Ecology
  • Biology 3910 – Marine Biology
  • Economics 2420 – The Economics of Tourism
  • English 3310 - Literature of Atlantic Canada
  • Environmental Studies 1010 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Studies 2310- Island Environmental Histories 
  • History 3310 - History of PEI - Pre-Confederation
  • History 3320 - History of PEI - Post Confederation
  • History 4890 - 20th Century PEI
  • Modern Languages 4430 - Culture et litterateur Acadiennes I
  • Philosophy 3710 - Community-based Inquiry in Agriculture and Globalization
  • Political Science 2020 - The Politics and Government of Prince Edward Island

Comparative Courses

  • Acadian Studies 2010 - Introduction to Acadian Studies
  • Anthropology 3320 - Knowledge and Culture
  • Biology 4520 - Biogeography and Macroecology
  • Business 3730 - Tourism Management
  • Business 4550 - Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Economics 2120 - Regional Economics
  • Economics 3310 - International Trade
  • Economics 3410 - Economic Development Theory
  • Education 4630 - Culture and Society in Education
  • English 3420 - Fiction from Ireland
  • Environmental Studies 3340 - Environmental Stresses on Island Communities
  • Environmental Studies 4110 - Environmental Governance and International Relations
  • History 2310-2320 - The Atlantic Region
  • Latin American Studies 2120 - Mexico and the Caribbean
  • Philosophy 2030 - Environmental Philosophy
  • Political Science 2820 - Introduction to International Politics
  • Political Science 2330 - Political Geography
  • Political Science 3620 - Comparative Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Political Science 4140 - Public Policy in small Island Jurisdictions
  • Political Science 4450 - Political Economy of East and Southeast Asia
  • Sociology/Anthropology 2420 - Peoples of Oceania
  • Sociology/Anthropology 3740 - Tourism

NOTE 1
Other courses not specifically focused on islands may, with prior approval of the instructor, the Co-ordinator of Island Studies, and the Dean of Arts, be credited toward an Island Studies minor. In such a case, the students will complete substantial individual work on topics related to islands.

NOTE 2
Students minoring in Island Studies must choose at least 4 courses in subject areas other than those in which they are majoring.

NOTE 3
Students who have taken ENV-4110 for credit cannot take IST-6190 for credit.

Want more information about Island Studies (Minor)? Leave your email address and we'll get in touch!
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Island Studies is offered by the UPEI Faculty of Arts.

Contact the Island Studies Minor 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

Overview

Island Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to promote an understanding of selected features of the world's small islands, including their geographies, ecologies, cultures, political systems, histories, and societies.

The Island Studies program has three primary goals:

  • first, to engage students in an emerging, international academic discussion of islands' distinctive characteristics, challenges, and opportunities;
  • second, to study Prince Edward Island as a specific example of an island bearing these characteristics and playing out these challenges and opportunities;
  • and, third, to study islands in a comparative and international framework.
Requirements for a Minor

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN ISLAND STUDIES

A minor in Island Studies consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit taken from the list of approved courses, and including Island Studies 2010. Among the elective courses, students must complete at least two courses (six semester hours) specific to Prince Edward Island and at least two courses (six semester hours) which are comparative. Students intending to complete a minor in Island Studies are encouraged to complete Island Studies 2010 early in their course of studies. Students minoring in Island Studies must choose at least 4 courses in subject areas other than those in which they are majoring.

ELECTIVES

Prince Edward Island Courses

  • Biology 2220 - General Ecology
  • Biology 3270 – Field Coastal Ecology
  • Biology 3910 – Marine Biology
  • Economics 2420 – The Economics of Tourism
  • English 3310 - Literature of Atlantic Canada
  • Environmental Studies 1010 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Studies 2310- Island Environmental Histories 
  • History 3310 - History of PEI - Pre-Confederation
  • History 3320 - History of PEI - Post Confederation
  • History 4890 - 20th Century PEI
  • Modern Languages 4430 - Culture et litterateur Acadiennes I
  • Philosophy 3710 - Community-based Inquiry in Agriculture and Globalization
  • Political Science 2020 - The Politics and Government of Prince Edward Island

Comparative Courses

  • Acadian Studies 2010 - Introduction to Acadian Studies
  • Anthropology 3320 - Knowledge and Culture
  • Biology 4520 - Biogeography and Macroecology
  • Business 3730 - Tourism Management
  • Business 4550 - Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Economics 2120 - Regional Economics
  • Economics 3310 - International Trade
  • Economics 3410 - Economic Development Theory
  • Education 4630 - Culture and Society in Education
  • English 3420 - Fiction from Ireland
  • Environmental Studies 3340 - Environmental Stresses on Island Communities
  • Environmental Studies 4110 - Environmental Governance and International Relations
  • History 2310-2320 - The Atlantic Region
  • Latin American Studies 2120 - Mexico and the Caribbean
  • Philosophy 2030 - Environmental Philosophy
  • Political Science 2820 - Introduction to International Politics
  • Political Science 2330 - Political Geography
  • Political Science 3620 - Comparative Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Political Science 4140 - Public Policy in small Island Jurisdictions
  • Political Science 4450 - Political Economy of East and Southeast Asia
  • Sociology/Anthropology 2420 - Peoples of Oceania
  • Sociology/Anthropology 3740 - Tourism

NOTE 1
Other courses not specifically focused on islands may, with prior approval of the instructor, the Co-ordinator of Island Studies, and the Dean of Arts, be credited toward an Island Studies minor. In such a case, the students will complete substantial individual work on topics related to islands.

NOTE 2
Students minoring in Island Studies must choose at least 4 courses in subject areas other than those in which they are majoring.

NOTE 3
Students who have taken ENV-4110 for credit cannot take IST-6190 for credit.

Program Coordinator

Contact the Island Studies Minor 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

Overview

Island Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to promote an understanding of selected features of the world's small islands, including their geographies, ecologies, cultures, political systems, histories, and societies.

The Island Studies program has three primary goals:

  • first, to engage students in an emerging, international academic discussion of islands' distinctive characteristics, challenges, and opportunities;
  • second, to study Prince Edward Island as a specific example of an island bearing these characteristics and playing out these challenges and opportunities;
  • and, third, to study islands in a comparative and international framework.

Requirements for a Minor

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN ISLAND STUDIES

A minor in Island Studies consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit taken from the list of approved courses, and including Island Studies 2010. Among the elective courses, students must complete at least two courses (six semester hours) specific to Prince Edward Island and at least two courses (six semester hours) which are comparative. Students intending to complete a minor in Island Studies are encouraged to complete Island Studies 2010 early in their course of studies. Students minoring in Island Studies must choose at least 4 courses in subject areas other than those in which they are majoring.

ELECTIVES

Prince Edward Island Courses

  • Biology 2220 - General Ecology
  • Biology 3270 – Field Coastal Ecology
  • Biology 3910 – Marine Biology
  • Economics 2420 – The Economics of Tourism
  • English 3310 - Literature of Atlantic Canada
  • Environmental Studies 1010 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Studies 2310- Island Environmental Histories 
  • History 3310 - History of PEI - Pre-Confederation
  • History 3320 - History of PEI - Post Confederation
  • History 4890 - 20th Century PEI
  • Modern Languages 4430 - Culture et litterateur Acadiennes I
  • Philosophy 3710 - Community-based Inquiry in Agriculture and Globalization
  • Political Science 2020 - The Politics and Government of Prince Edward Island

Comparative Courses

  • Acadian Studies 2010 - Introduction to Acadian Studies
  • Anthropology 3320 - Knowledge and Culture
  • Biology 4520 - Biogeography and Macroecology
  • Business 3730 - Tourism Management
  • Business 4550 - Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Economics 2120 - Regional Economics
  • Economics 3310 - International Trade
  • Economics 3410 - Economic Development Theory
  • Education 4630 - Culture and Society in Education
  • English 3420 - Fiction from Ireland
  • Environmental Studies 3340 - Environmental Stresses on Island Communities
  • Environmental Studies 4110 - Environmental Governance and International Relations
  • History 2310-2320 - The Atlantic Region
  • Latin American Studies 2120 - Mexico and the Caribbean
  • Philosophy 2030 - Environmental Philosophy
  • Political Science 2820 - Introduction to International Politics
  • Political Science 2330 - Political Geography
  • Political Science 3620 - Comparative Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Political Science 4140 - Public Policy in small Island Jurisdictions
  • Political Science 4450 - Political Economy of East and Southeast Asia
  • Sociology/Anthropology 2420 - Peoples of Oceania
  • Sociology/Anthropology 3740 - Tourism

NOTE 1
Other courses not specifically focused on islands may, with prior approval of the instructor, the Co-ordinator of Island Studies, and the Dean of Arts, be credited toward an Island Studies minor. In such a case, the students will complete substantial individual work on topics related to islands.

NOTE 2
Students minoring in Island Studies must choose at least 4 courses in subject areas other than those in which they are majoring.

NOTE 3
Students who have taken ENV-4110 for credit cannot take IST-6190 for credit.

Program Coordinator

Contact the Island Studies Minor 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

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Course Level: 
200 Level
Courses: 

201 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAND STUDIES
This course introduces students to the emerging interdisciplinary and comparative study of islands and archipelagoes.  It examines their cultures, geography, economies, historical development, environmental concerns, and systems of governance. It focuses on jurisdictions with varying degrees of self-government such as Barbados, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, the Isle of Man, Malta, and Prince Edward Island.

209 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 200 level.

211 ISLAND TOURISM: THE SEARCH FOR PARADISE
This course will provide a cross-disciplinary analysis of the nature of island tourism, looking at contrasts between warm-water and cold-water islands; supply and demand considerations; cycles and challenges of the industry; the cultural positioning of hosts and guests; the transformation of land and seascapes; pros and cons of mass versus niche tourism; environmental downsides; and future challenges, including prospects for ‘sustainable development’.
Cross-listed with Sociology/Anthropology (cf. Sociology/Anthropology 211)

291 DIRECTED STUDIES
This course provides an opportunity for students to study a current topic relevant to islands, under the supervision of a faculty member. Alternatively, credit for this course may be claimed by fulfilling an overseas assignment with a recognized volunteer-sending agency (e.g., CUSO) on a small island in the developing world.
Three hours per week
 

Course Level: 
300 Level
Courses: 

309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 300 level.

374 TOURISM
(See Sociology/Anthropology 374)
PREREQUISITE: Island Studies 201

Course Level: 
400 Level
Courses: 

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 400 level.

491-492 DIRECTED STUDIES
In response to individual student needs, Directed Studies courses will be designed in the areas of directed readings or directed research. In addition, “Special topics” courses will be offered from time to time by members of the faculty or visiting instructors.
 

Calendar Courses

201 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAND STUDIES
This course introduces students to the emerging interdisciplinary and comparative study of islands and archipelagoes.  It examines their cultures, geography, economies, historical development, environmental concerns, and systems of governance. It focuses on jurisdictions with varying degrees of self-government such as Barbados, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, the Isle of Man, Malta, and Prince Edward Island.

209 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 200 level.

211 ISLAND TOURISM: THE SEARCH FOR PARADISE
This course will provide a cross-disciplinary analysis of the nature of island tourism, looking at contrasts between warm-water and cold-water islands; supply and demand considerations; cycles and challenges of the industry; the cultural positioning of hosts and guests; the transformation of land and seascapes; pros and cons of mass versus niche tourism; environmental downsides; and future challenges, including prospects for ‘sustainable development’.
Cross-listed with Sociology/Anthropology (cf. Sociology/Anthropology 211)

291 DIRECTED STUDIES
This course provides an opportunity for students to study a current topic relevant to islands, under the supervision of a faculty member. Alternatively, credit for this course may be claimed by fulfilling an overseas assignment with a recognized volunteer-sending agency (e.g., CUSO) on a small island in the developing world.
Three hours per week
 

309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 300 level.

374 TOURISM
(See Sociology/Anthropology 374)
PREREQUISITE: Island Studies 201

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 400 level.

491-492 DIRECTED STUDIES
In response to individual student needs, Directed Studies courses will be designed in the areas of directed readings or directed research. In addition, “Special topics” courses will be offered from time to time by members of the faculty or visiting instructors.
 

Calendar Courses

200 Level

201 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAND STUDIES
This course introduces students to the emerging interdisciplinary and comparative study of islands and archipelagoes.  It examines their cultures, geography, economies, historical development, environmental concerns, and systems of governance. It focuses on jurisdictions with varying degrees of self-government such as Barbados, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, the Isle of Man, Malta, and Prince Edward Island.

209 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 200 level.

211 ISLAND TOURISM: THE SEARCH FOR PARADISE
This course will provide a cross-disciplinary analysis of the nature of island tourism, looking at contrasts between warm-water and cold-water islands; supply and demand considerations; cycles and challenges of the industry; the cultural positioning of hosts and guests; the transformation of land and seascapes; pros and cons of mass versus niche tourism; environmental downsides; and future challenges, including prospects for ‘sustainable development’.
Cross-listed with Sociology/Anthropology (cf. Sociology/Anthropology 211)

291 DIRECTED STUDIES
This course provides an opportunity for students to study a current topic relevant to islands, under the supervision of a faculty member. Alternatively, credit for this course may be claimed by fulfilling an overseas assignment with a recognized volunteer-sending agency (e.g., CUSO) on a small island in the developing world.
Three hours per week
 

300 Level

309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 300 level.

374 TOURISM
(See Sociology/Anthropology 374)
PREREQUISITE: Island Studies 201

400 Level

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Island Studies at the 400 level.

491-492 DIRECTED STUDIES
In response to individual student needs, Directed Studies courses will be designed in the areas of directed readings or directed research. In addition, “Special topics” courses will be offered from time to time by members of the faculty or visiting instructors.
 

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