Islands, Insularity and Islanders

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vaknaam Islands, Insularity and Islanders
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Islands, Insularity and Islanders
Leerdoelen The aim of the course is to develop students’ analytical understanding of islands and relevant inter-disciplinary themes ranging from ‘islands as biodiversity hotspots’ to demographic settlement processes, human migration and occupation through to the place of islands in the popular imagination. The course will be taught from the perspective of theories and analytical frameworks, which will then be extended to real-world examples and cases. The objectives of the course are such that students will be able to coherently analyse complex spatial socio-economic phenomena pertaining to islands, including climate change, vulnerability and resilience , sustainable development as well as policy making and local environments.
Omschrijving This course introduce islands and islandness, including the geography of islands, their physical, economic, societal and symbolic characteristics, including (but not limited to) issues of place and cultural identity, geographical specificities and geographical handicap and local and regional
population dynamics of island regions. In particular, the course addresses basic conceptual issues about islands and their place in current global socioeconomic developments, by exploring their place on maps, economic geography and imagination. It also introduces islanders as active actors in the socioecological systems of islands and their perspectives on the issues related to islands. In addition, the course provides an understanding of the meaning and content of sustainability of islands within climate change, their vulnerability and their futures, as well as alternative policies and scenarios
islands socio-spatial and economic planning.

Key questions to be addressed (adopted from the key textbook by James Randall; see compulsory literature) include:

- Are islands and islanders marginalised and vulnerable to global changes, or are they resilient and capable of responding quickly to external pressures?
- Are islands and island societies isolated and remote physically, cultural, and economically, or are they open and connected to the world around them?
- To what degree do islands share common features?
- Are islands and islanders diverse, heterogeneous and unique, or do they share standard characteristics that may allow us to think of them as part of one or more relatively homogenous, coherent, groups?
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Independent study, Lectures
Toetsvorm Group assignments digital, Individual assignments digital
(+GIS story maps)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Prof. Dr. D. Ballas
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. D. Ballas , Guest lecturers
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
An Introduction to Island Studies
J.E.Randall (2021) 9781786615466 ca. €  45,00
Opmerkingen The course is primarily aimed at students of the ISLANDS Erasmus Mundus programme
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Erasmus Mundus Islands and Sustainability track year 1 ) 1 semester I a verplicht