Courses & Units

Researching Geographies of Island Places KGA318

This interdisciplinary unit can 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. It is also open to students who study on other campuses and online, but you must be able to attend the 4-day field trip on Bruny Island. Please consult the unit coordinator for further information.


This unit develops your ability to integrate theoretical knowledge, methodological approaches, and practical skills for undertaking research and practise in human geography and other social science fields. With a focus on researching island places and peoples, you will develop an understanding of core geographical concepts, such as space, place, region, and landscape. You will identify and explore the significance and relevance of these concepts to a range of issues affecting islands and islanders from around the world. You will build awareness of the applicability of different methodologies and methods popular within human geography inquiry for researching island places. You will be equipped to experiment with fieldwork ethnography, qualitative interviewing, and textual analysis. Employing a case study lens, you will utilise these research techniques, individually and as part of small group work, during a 4-day field trip to Bruny Island, Tasmania. Throughout and following the fieldtrip, you will analyse your research findings to create new knowledge about island life and island futures that are of relevance to islands and other places. These research skills and techniques are central to professional careers in fields such as regional and cultural development, local government, heritage management, natural resource management, and environmental planning and conservation.


Unit name Researching Geographies of Island Places
Unit code KGA318
Credit points 12.5
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 an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (extended) On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 4/11/2024 27/11/2024 31/12/2024 23/2/2025

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090309 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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Teaching Pattern

On-campus: 2 x 180-minute sessions for three weeks + 4-day field trip + independent study (reading and assessment preparation)

AssessmentField Journal (30%)|Fieldwork Preparation: Template and Presentation (30%)|Fieldwork Analysis and Reflection (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Reading materials will be supplied by the unit coordinator on MyLO and via email.

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