Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Gozo Experience (L-Esperjenza ‘Għawdex’)

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture

DESCRIPTION This unit introduces the concept of Gozo as distinct and yet connected to mainland Malta. It will explore its diverse product offer based on local resources such as flora, fauna, gastronomy, festivals, etc. This will be done through a conceptualization of maps or palimpsests composed of different layers such as history, culture, sound, scents, tastes and other senses other than just the physical geography of the landscape. It will also allow students to explore impacts on the island such as connectivity and the future direction.

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 engage the participants by offering them the opportunity to:

- Learn the concepts of tourism, hospitality, vacationing and how they are nuanced by the specificities of islandness and smallness;
- Learn basic tourism concepts and how they link into and build upon the local resources so as to improve the tourism product offer;
- Identify what makes Gozo unique and raises awareness of the responsibility and opportunities for local tourism operators.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Discuss how insularity can be transformed from a negative aspect into a positive one by maximizing the uniqueness and the remoteness of an island destination;
- Develop a stronger appreciation of the local resources and how these can be captured and transformed into a higher value touristic proposition;
- Comprehend basic academic tourism principles.

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 in both English and Maltese;
- Formulate a heightened awareness of local resources and limitations of their island home;
- Demonstrate awareness of sustainable and stewardship principles which can be transferred to others in their family and community;
- Develop personal self-confidence as a result of having participated in such a course.

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

Pre-requisite Study-unit: Attendance of TTC1500

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

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

LECTURER/S Marie Avellino
Noel Buttigieg
John Ebejer
Noel Grech
Sandro Lanfranco

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