Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Media in Maltese Society

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION This study-unit researches and analyses the cultural and societal infrastructures that gave rise to the present media structures in Maltese society. The discussion takes a historical perspective but delves into the current scenario of the different segments of the media landscape while proposing some pointers towards the future.

This study-unit aims at:

- Analysing Malta’s media landscape based on different academic strands;
- Presenting a historical development of the same media landscape as well as the main characteristics of the same landscape;
- Familiarising students with the main sectors of this media system through meetings with the protagonists in the same media system;
- Clarifying the role of media in Maltese society with strong reference to the EU framework for media landscapes.

Learning outcomes:

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

- Get versed with key literature in the field and get acquainted with developing literature;
- Know the psycho-cultural and structural elements which influenced the development of Malta’s media structures,
- Be well informed about the different media structures in Maltese society as well as the importance of the institutions – state, political parties, unions, Church – within the same structure;
- Become familiar with these same media structures though discussions with some of the main protagonists;

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

- Analyse Malta’s media structures;
- Recognize the different roles and influences of traditional as well as new media in the changing media environment;
- Be empowered media users enabled to influence different sectors of our media system.

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.
- Frendo, H. (2004). The press and the media in Malta. Bochum : Projekt Verlag.
- Sammut, C. (2006). Media and Maltese Society. Plymouth : Lexington Books.
- Borg, J. (2015). Foreign correspondents in Malta. Peculiarities of a small nation state. In Giorgios Terzis (Ed.), Mapping foreign correspondence in Europe (pp. 171-179). New York and London: Routledge.
- Borg, J. (2014). Evolving PSB core values: The Maltese example. In Public Value Report 2013/2014 special edition of Texte the journal Österreichischer Rundfunk, ORF. (pp. 82-84).
- 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.
- Borg, J. (2009) "Moving beyond the 'Paradise Lost'/'Paradise Regained'Syndrome".Pp. 657-672. In Schiavone, M., & Callus, L. (Eds.) (2009) "Inservi." Ħidma Politika 1969-2009. Ġabra ta' Kitbiet f'Ġiegħ Eddie Fenech Adami. Malta: PIN.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 Yes 25%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Joseph Borg

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