Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Topics in Twentieth-Century Maltese History

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This is a seminar class, in which a range of specific topics from twentieth century Maltese history are investigated. Topics, which will be selected in consultation with students, may include subjects such as constitutional development, the evolution of party politics, Church-State-political relations, the evolving Anglo-Maltese relationship, Malta’s place in a changing world, aspects of economic, social or cultural development, and any other suitable historical topic which students may wish to investigate. Once assigned their topic, students are expected to (a) meet with the lecturer for a briefing and discussion session, and (b) research in depth the topic chosen using primary and secondary sources with a view to presenting their work in class for a general discussion, moderated by the lecturer.

Study-unit Aims

• To conduct the study of recent Maltese history through hands-on research carried out by students with the personal guidance of the lecturer;
• To demonstrate the relevance of history to the understanding of the Malta we live in and instil in students the notion that history is a living process;
• To help students evaluate the meaning of historical events with the benefit of hindsight.

Learning Outcomes

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

• Acquire in-depth knowledge through personal research of a specific topic;
• Learn through sharing with other students their similar learning experiences;
• Connect the knowledge acquired with comparable contemporary situations.

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

• Conduct basic historical research, combining the use of primary and secondary sources;
• Deal with potentially controversial or delicate political issues in a detached and impartial manner;
• Translate acquired knowledge into a viva-voce presentation capable of stimulating discussion;
• Speak out in front of a class in a clear, confident and communicative way;
• Write up a research paper;
• Use the correct form of presenting footnotes, bibliography, and other writing conventions detailed in the departmental style-sheet.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

• All readings are available in the University libraries.

Dominic Fenech, Responsibility and Power in Inter-war Malta: Book One, Endemic Democracy, Malta 2005
Henry Frendo, The Origins of Maltese Statehood, Malta 2000.
Herbert Ganado, Rajt Malta Tinbidel, Malta 1977.
Victor Mallia-Milanes (ed.), The British Colonial Experience, 1800-1964, Malta 1988.
Joseph M. Pirotta, Fortress Colony: the Final Act, 1945-1964, Malta 1991— (3 vols.)
Edgar Mizzi, Malta in the Making 1962-1987: an eyewitness account, Malta 1995.
Michael J. Schiavone, L-Elezzjonijiet f’Malta, 1849-1992, Malta, latest edition.
Original sources according to topic under discussion, such as Royal Commission reports, censuses, Blue Books, Reports on the Workings of Government Departments, newspapers.


ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is offered to History/European and Global History students only.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Group Learning, Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Dominic Fenech

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