This interdisciplinary unit is part of the KGA major. It can also be taken as an elective. It is suitable for students with backgrounds including (but not limited to) Business, Economics, English, History, Government, Law, Management, Psychology, Science and Sociology. Please consult the unit coordinator for further information.
Over six hundred million people live on the world’s 43 island nation-states and on hundreds of sub-national island jurisdictions. The ‘island-continent’ of Australia comprises over 12,000 islands, islets and rocky outcrops, while the island-State of Tasmania is an archipelago of 334 islands.
Islands have distinct geographies and their peoples have varied cultural identities. These particular landforms, and the seascapes that surround them, seem especially hard-wired into Western conceptions of self, place, and planet. Islands are also at the frontline of major environmental and social changes.
In this unit, we study a range of issues that have affected or are likely to affect island places and people—among those issues are climate change, heritage management, tourism, economic development, environmental challenges, and governance.
A major research project enables you to focus on an area of study about island geographies that interests you and that project may vary according to hemisphere, ocean, island group, jurisdiction, or challenges faced.
A three-day field trip enables you to take insights from the cases studied in the class and see whether, how, and to what extent they are present on Bruny Island. The trip also provides crucial training in field techniques in human geography; and is informed by different kinds of field work and analysis.
The unit offers varied opportunities to develop high-level skills in comparative and case study methods that draw on the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and prepares you to consider island life and island futures in ways that are of long-term relevance in relation to islands and other places.
This unit is available in a number of undergraduate degree programs, and students are drawn from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The unit is indebted to insights from island studies and human geography, and the approach is qualitative and critical.
|Unit name||Geographies of Island Places|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
|Coordinator||Doctor Andrew Harwood|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Apply knowledge about place to analyse a range of issues, dynamics, challenges and opportunities affecting island places and peoples within diverse geographical contexts.
- Research island places to create new understandings of how they are represented, governed and experienced through field work and project-based inquiry.
- Communicate critical, coherent and evidence-based geographical thinking about island places through writing, speaking and academic integrity.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
Prerequisites(1) KGA171 OR KGA172 AND 12.5% KGA200 level unit OR (2) 25% level 200 units
3 x 50 minute sessions incorporating lectures, discussions, tutorials, and methods + three day field trip
|Assessment||Examination (30%)|Project (35%)|Field Journal (35%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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