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TITLE Exploring Malta’s Mediascape

LEVEL I - Introductory Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION Although Malta is the smallest member state of the EU, its media landscape is one of the most varied and ‘populated’ within the EU. The number of media organisations – particularly broadcasting organisations - is very large and their ownership structures most varied. It is also unique at least in one respect. It is the only EU country where political parties own radio and TV stations besides newspapers and news websites. The penetration of the Internet is very high as is the number of subscriptions in Facebook. Newspaper readership is very low but the number of papers published is anything but small.

This Unit studies the societal and psycho-cultural features which gave rise to this particular media ecology, analyses the current situation and tries to explore future directions.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Know the psycho-cultural and sociological theories used in the analysis of the Maltese mediascape;
- Identify the method of analysing a mediascape using both academic streams at the same time;
- List the main characteristics of the Maltese mediascape and the factors that influence it.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Deepen their analytical skills of the Maltese mediascape;
- Apply academic theories to better understand concrete media situations in Maltese society.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Borg, J., Hillman, A. and Lauri, M. A. (2009) (Eds.) Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape. Malta: Allied Publications.
- Borg, J., & Lauri, M.A. (2009) “Empowering Children in a Changing Media Environment. Media Education in the Maltese Educational System.” Pp. 113 – 136. In Marcus, L. (Ed.) (2009) Issues in Information and Media Literacy. Criticism, history and policy. Santa Rosa, Calif.: Science Press.
- Borg, J & Lauri, M. A. (2012) The psycho-cultural infrastructure of the Maltese mediascape from the perspective of McLuhan, Ong and Innis. In Van den Eede, Y., Bauwens, J., Beyl, J., Van den Bossche, M., & Verstrynge, K. (Eds). McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media. Centenial Confeence. 26-28 October 2011. (pp. 69 – 77). Brussels: KVAB.
- Sammut, C. (2007). Media and Maltese society. New York: Lexington Books.

Audio Material:

- Rizmi Stampati: a series of programmes on Campus FM about print journalism in Malta.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%


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