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CODE PLC5530

 
TITLE Maltese Society and Culture

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit gives students exposure to different theoretical perspectives discussed in the field of cultural studies. Further to this, the relevance of these perspectives will be evaluated through the discussion of select themes that are related to Maltese society and culture.

Study-unit Contents:

Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives in Cultural Studies
• Introduction to Cultural Studies;
• Changing values in society (Traditional / Post-Traditional / Secular-Rational; Materialist / Post-Materialist; Survival / Self-Expression values);
• Culture and Ideology;
• A New World Disorder? (Post Fordism; Post Industrialisation; Post Modernity; Fragmentation; Globalization; Postmodernism; Disorganised Capitalism; The State and Social Movements).

Part 2: Select Themes in Maltese Society and Culture
• Family
• Media
• Religion
• Criminal Justice
• Youth Culture
• Aging
• Poverty
• Environment
• Civil Society

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit should help the student acquire:
a) The ability to critically reflect upon, understand, interrogate, and situate a wide range of topics that can be described as aspects of a Maltese culture or society;
b) The skills to critically understand promote both continuity and change in the social and cultural system which surround them.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
i. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives in the field of cultural studies;
ii. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical influences underpinning concepts, values and developments of Maltese society and culture.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
i. reflect on concrete and contemporary situations and issues related to Maltese society and culture;
ii. engage in a theoretically-grounded yet critical discussion of Maltese society and culture;
iii. make appropriate evaluations of different subcultures characterizing Maltese society and culture.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Barker, C. 2011. Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice. Sage Publications Limited. London.
- Cassar, G. & Cutajar, J. (eds.) 2009. Social Transitions in Maltese Society. Agenda.
- Inglehart, R & Welzel, C. 2005. Modernization, Cultural Change and Democracy: the Human Development Sequence. Cambridge Univeristy Press. New York.
- Sardar, Z. & Van Loon, B. 2004. Introducing Cultural Studies. Icon Books. London.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Seminar Paper Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Maria M. Brown

 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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