Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Human Geography of the Maltese Islands

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



DESCRIPTION This study-unit deals with the Human Geography of the Maltese Islands. First the geography if the population and settlement patters are discussed followed by the spread of agriculture, industries and the transport system networks. The contribution of walled towns to the cultural set-up of Malta and the importance of the maritime industries conclude the unit.

Study-unit Aims

The study-unit aims to:
- examine the role of the colonisation of Malta within the ambit of population settlement.
- define the role of the changing economic structures.
- explain the importance of the maritime industry to Malta.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- place Malta within the context of the demographic variables of other Mediterranean islands.
- link the terrestrial and maritime geographies through the transport network.
- assess the importance and difficulties generated as a result of high population densities.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- distinguish between islands located in strategic waterways and others that are not.
- differentiate between the dependence of localities on tourism and others whose employment structure is based on other services.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Attard, M. and Hall, D. 2003. ‘Public transport modernisation and adjustment to EU accession requirements: the case of Malta's buses’, Journal of Transport Geography, 11, 13-24.
Attard, M. and Schembri, J.A. 1999. ‘The role of transport in urban environments’, Proceedings for the International Seminar on Atmospheric Pollution, Mgarr, Gozo,
University of Malta Press.
Schembri, J.A. 2000. ‘The changing geography of population and settlement in the Maltese Islands’, in Vella, C. (Ed.) The Maltese Islands on the Move. A Mosaic of Contributions Marking Malta’s Entry into the 21st Century. NSO, Malta.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Maria Attard
Therese Bajada
John A. Schembri

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