Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to the Study of Islands and Small States 1: Economic and Environmental Issues

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Islands and Small States Institute

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will cover the following themes:
- Measuring economic development across countries.
- Major economic concerns of small island states.
- Economic vulnerability and economic resilience with a focus on small states.
- The WTO and small vulnerable economies.
- The incidence of market failure in small island states.
- Major environmental concerns of small island states.
- Environmental planning and management.
- Climate change and small island states.
- Valuation techniques of environmental assets and of negative externalities.
- Sustainable development policies.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to provide students with an understanding of the key economic and environmental concerns faced by small states as well as non-sovereign small island jurisdictions, with reference to theoretical underpinnings as well as policies, institutions and actors in the management of the economy and of the environment.

This study-unit will also cover epistemological issues relating to islands and small states studies. With regard to the Economics component of the study-unit, the emphasis will be on an understanding of what constitutes economic development and on the constraints faced by small states as well as non-sovereign small island jurisdictions, in developing their economies. The environmental component of the study-unit will focus on waste, water and coastal zone management, loss of biodiversity, climate change and valuation techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

Upon completion of this study-unit the student will be able to clearly identify, and categorize, key economic and environmental concerns facing islands and small states, as well as non-sovereign small island jurisdictions. Furthermore, this new knowledge acquired in the economic and environmental spheres, will provide the students with a significant understanding of the possible ways in which islands and small states can develop their economies, while ensuring long-term sustainability, with reference to theoretical underpinnings and practical solutions. The student will also be to able to propose policies measures conducive to the management of the economy and of the environment, as well as the institutions and actors required for the implementation of such policy measures.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to undertake an in depth analysis of economic and environmental realities in territories characterized by small population size and insularity, enabling same students to identify situations where one-size-fits-all policy measures may not be appropriate.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Briguglio, L. (2018). Handbook of Small States: Economic, Social and Environmental Issues. Oxford: Routledge.
- Ghina, F. (2003). Sustainable development in small island developing states. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 5(1), 139-165.
- IMF (2013). Macroeconomic issues in small states and implications for Fund engagement. Washington: IMF.

Supplementary Readings:

- Briguglio, L., Cordina, G., Farrugia, N., & Vella, S. (2009). Economic vulnerability and resilience: concepts and measurements. Oxford development studies, 37(3), 229-247.
- Baldacchino, G. (2008). Studying islands: on whose terms? Some epistemological and methodological challenges to the pursuit of island studies. Island Studies Journal, 3(1), 37-56.
- Baldacchino, G. (2006). Managing the hinterland beyond: Two ideal‐type strategies of economic development for small island territories. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 47(1), 45-60.
- Easterly, W., & Kraay, A. (2000). Small states, small problems? Income, growth, and volatility in small states. World development, 28(11), 2013-2027.
- Owens and Colwell, R.. (2002), Land and Limits: Interpreting sustainability in the Planning Process, London, Routledge.
- Mycoo, M. A., Griffith-Charles, C., & Lalloo, S. (2017). Land management and environmental change in small-island-developing states: the case of St. Lucia. Regional Environmental Change, 17(4), 1065-1076.
- Nurse, Leonard A., Roger F. McLean, John Agard, Lino P. Briguglio, Virginie Duvat-Magnan, N. Pelesikoti, E. Tompkins, and Arthur Webb. "Small islands." (2014): pp-1613.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Online Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 30%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 35%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 35%

LECTURER/S Raphael Axiak
Lino Briguglio
Stefano Moncada (Co-ord.)
Patrick J. Schembri

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