Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Tourism and Gozo - Turiżmu u Għawdex

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture

DESCRIPTION This study-unit allows the students to deepen their knowledge of the concepts of tourism, hospitality and vacationing. It also introduces the concepts of resources and their variations ranging from human,social, cultural, physical and environmental and how they are nuanced by the specificities of islandness and smallness. The study-unit will enable the student to evaluate and appraise the value within these resources as s/he will be able to reflect on how these can be maximized whilst simultaneously keeping sustainable values at the forefront.

The unit provides ample opportunities to discuss and imagine Gozo with a fresh pair of eyes, enhancing the knowledge and awareness of tourism operators on that island, allowing them to add value to what they do.

The study-unit will be delivered in Maltese but will be assessed in English. Participants who attend for at least 75% of the lectures and opt not to take the assessments will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit seeks to offer participants an opportunity to:

- Freely discuss tourism in Gozo, their livelihood, in a critical and detached manner, bringing to bear knowledge and research gleaned from other island tourism economies;
- Engage in learning activities and tasks that will deepen their appreciation of the assets and resources that are available in Gozo.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Comprehend the origins and evolution of tourism, nature of hospitality and vacationing, in small island settings;
- Describe how place, identity, history and culture feed and enrich a vibrant tourism sector;
- Apply the principles of sustainability to their own environment and the tourism industry in Gozo

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

- Develop a range of ‘soft’ skills including oral and written communication skills;
- Analyse how he/she can utilise the resources found in Gozo and within him/herself such as local knowledge to improve their tourism-related employability and entrepreneurial skills.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts and Supplementary Readings

No core text is being recommended. But the following supplementary readings are indicated:

- Avellino, M. S. (2016). Managing Heritage Site Interpretation for Older Adult Visitors, Symphonya. Emerging Issues in Management (, 2, 93-107.
- Baldacchino, G. (2004). Sustainable use practices, including tourism, in/for small islands. INSULA, 13(1/2), 5-15. Available from:
- Boissevain, J. (1979). The impact of tourism on a dependent island: Gozo, Malta. Annals of Tourism Research, 6(1), 76-90.
- Briguglio, L. (Ed.). (1994). Tourism in Gozo: Policies, prospects and problems: Malta: Formatek Limited in collaboration with the University of Malta Gozo Centre.
- Briguglio, L. (2008). Sustainable tourism on the small island of Gozo. Islands & Small States Institute, Occasional Paper Series, (5). Available from:
- Chaperon, S., and Bramwell, B. (2011). View on the scale and types of tourism development in the rural periphery: the case of Gozo. In: D.V.L. Macleod & S.A. Gillespie (Eds.), Sustainable tourism in rural Europe: Approaches to development. London: Routledge, pp. 151–165.
- Fletcher, J. et al, Ed. (2017) 6th Edit. Tourism: Principles and Practice, Pearson United Kingdom ISBN 9781292172354.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Knowledge: Experience and interest in the tourism industry in Gozo

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%
Oral and Written Exercises SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Marie Avellino
Godfrey Baldacchino
Simon Caruana
George Cassar
Louis Francis Cassar
Dane Munro
Leslie Vella

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