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TITLE The Geography of the Mediterranean

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Arts

DESCRIPTION This study-unit integrates the physical and human aspects of the Mediterranean. The first lectures review the various theoretical approaches investigated by a number of academics. This is followed by a series of lectures that emphasise the debate about the uniformities and diversities of the Sea. The concluding lectures present critiques of the scenarios that are the result of a number of management options that have been in operation on the land, coastal and marine areas. This study-unit will be open for geography graduates as the regional aspect will be tackled in more detail especially through a number of texts that provide a historical dimension to the region. These were not covered in the undergraduate course.

Study-unit Aims:

• to make students familiar with the regional concept of the Mediterranean;
• to present the view that the Mediterranean is a construct of both the physical and the human elements influencing the area;
• to show that extra-Mediterranean geographies such as the Atlantic and the Sahara Desert are important in shaping the Mediterranean.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• establish the importance of the interplay between the human and physical aspects of the Mediterranean;
• develop an understanding of the importance of islands;
• identify other 'Mediterranean' spread over the globe.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• familiarize him/herself with maps showing different physical and human features;
• use the Mediterranean as a backdrop to evaluate other semi-enclosed areas;
• assess the concepts presented and apply them to other spatial units.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts
Abulafia, D. (2011) The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean. London. Allen Lane
Allen, H.D. (2001) Mediterranean Eco-geography. Prentice Hall, Harlow
Attenborough, D. (1987) The First Eden: the Mediterranean World and Man. London. Fontana
Bradford, E. (1989) Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea. Tudor Publications. Zabbar, Malta
Branigan, J.J. and Jarrett (1975) The Mediterranean Lands. MacDonald and Evans, London
Braudel, F. (1973) The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. Fontana/Collins, London
Braudel, F. (1993) A History of Civilisations. Penguin Books, London
Holland, R (2012) Blue-Water Empire: the British in the Mediterranean since 1800. Allen Land, London
King, R., De Mas, P. and Beck, J.M (2001) Geography, Environment and Development in the Mediterranean. Sussex Academic Press, Brighton

Supplementary readings
King, R., Proudfoot, L. and Smith, B.Eds (1997) The Mediterranean: Environment and Society. Arnold, London
Norwich, J.J (2006) The Middle Sea: a History of the Mediterranean. Chatto & Winds, London
Watson, P. (2011)The Great Divide: History and human nature in the old world and the new. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) Yes 50%
Fieldwork Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Maria Attard
Ivan Calleja
John A. Schembri (Co-ord.)

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