Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to the Study of Islands and Small States 2: Social and Political Issues

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Islands and Small States Institute

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will cover the following themes:

Politics Component:
- Measurement of government performance
- Dynamics of Politics and Democracy in Small Island States
- Governance in the Pacific Island Countries
- Governance in the Caribbean small states

Sociological Component:
- Social Capital in small island states
- Social protection in small island states
- Education in small island states
- Health systems in small island states

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to provide students with an understanding of the key social and political concerns facing small states as well as non-sovereign small island jurisdictions, with reference to theoretical underpinnings as well as policies, institutions, actors and indicators related to these social and political concerns.

With regard to the sociology component of the study-unit, the emphasis will be on an understanding of what constitutes social development and on the constraints faced by small states, as well as non-sovereign small island jurisdictions, in this matter. The politics component of the study-unit will focus on governance indicators and will examine government performance in different regions where most small states and small states and small island jurisdictions are located, with a focus on the South Pacific and the Caribbean.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- identify the key social and political concerns facing small states as well as non-sovereign small island jurisdictions, with reference to theoretical and practical underpinnings.
- propose policy measures as well as institutions and actors required conducive to social development and political governance in islands and small states.

2. Skills:

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

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Baylis, John, Patricia Owens, and Steve Smith, eds. The globalization of world politics: An introduction to international relations. Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Anckar, D. (2002). Why are small island states democracies?. The Round Table, 91(365), 375-390.
- Baldacchino, G. (2005). The contribution of ‘social capital’to economic growth: lessons from island jurisdictions. The Round Table, 94(378), 31-46.

Supplementary Readings:

- Pace, R. (2000). Small states and the internal balance of the European Union: the perspective of small states . In J. Gower., & J. Redmond (Eds.), Enlarging the European Union : the way forward (pp. 107-122). Aldershot: Ashgate.
- Corbett, J. (2015). “Everybody knows everybody”: Practising politics in the Pacific Islands. Democratization, 22(1), 51-72.
- Archer, C., Bailes, A. J., & Wivel, A. (Eds.). (2014). Small states and international security: Europe and beyond (Vol. 115). Routledge.
- Hepburn, E., & Baldacchino, G. (Eds.). (2016). Independence movements in subnational island jurisdictions. Routledge.
- Hanf, K., & Soetendorp, B. (Eds.). (2014). Adapting to European integration: small states and the European Union. Routledge.
- Merry, S. E., Davis, K. E., & Kingsbury, B. (Eds.). (2015). The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring governance, corruption, and rule of law. Cambridge University Press.
- Larmour, P. (2017). Governance and reform in the South Pacific. Canberra, ACT: National Centre for Development Studies, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University.
- Williams, A., Cheston, T., Coudouel, A., & Subran, L. (2013). Tailoring social protection to small island developing states: lessons learned from the Caribbean.
- Mayo, P. (2013). Education in small states: Global imperatives, regional initiatives and local dilemmas. Routledge.
- Azzopardi Muscat, N. and Camilleri, C. (2017). Challenges and Opportunities for the Health Sector in Small States. In Briguglio, L.. Handbook of Small States: Economic, Social and environmental issues. Routledge.
- Max Everest-Phillips, M. (2014). Small, So Simple? Complexity in Small Island Developing States. UNDP.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Online Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 30%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 35%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 35%

LECTURER/S Godfrey Baldacchino
Michael Briguglio
Stefano Moncada
Roderick Pace
George Vital Zammit

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