Delve into Malta's rich history and discover the wealth of heritage of the Maltese Islands. Explore places of historic significance on a weekly basis and learn what defines Maltese culture.Transport will be provided to and from University, pick up spot is at the roundabout infront the main entrance of University opposite Mater Dei Hospital at the University Bus Terminus Mater Dei Hospital Side.
Visits will be held on Wednesdays.
Visits are the following: visit 1 - Fort St. Angelo, visit 2 - Hagar Qim Temples, visit 3 - St. Paul Catacombs, visit 4 - The Palace State Rooms, visit 5 - Fort St. Elmo, visit 6 - Domus Romana, visit 7 - Maritime Museum.
This DGP unit is for students who wish to improve their skills in appreciating the natural and cultivated flora of the Maltese Islands. The unit will cover the following topic: Plants in nature, their survival strategies and importance for life on earth, indigenous versus exotic plants, cultivated plants, plant care and plant propagation, uses of plants beyond food – an ethno botanic perspective. The last few sessions will be dedicated to shaping and sharpening our sense of observation though garden and country walks for nature appreciation.
This DGP unit seeks to provide students with a survey of Baroque art in Malta from its onset through Caravaggio’s realism to its triumphant peak with Mattia Preti’s works. The artists' oeuvres will be discussed and students will be introduced to critical analysis and will learn to place the works within the Baroque style.
Wednesday 24th October, 12pm - 2pm: introduction to Baroque art in Malta and the arrival of Caravaggio in the early 17th century
Wednesday 31st October, 12pm - 2pm: Art in Malta; the arrival of Mattia Preti and the second half of the 17th century
Saturday 17th November, 9am - 12pm: Onsite lecture; Valletta Oratories
Student Review: "The course will help students to learn about the work and lives of Maltese and foreign 17th and 18th century artists and their individual artistic styles and influences. The lectures are conducted by an experienced art scholar and include on-site visits, including sections of churches and museums that are not normally open to the public. Personally, this course helped me to appreciate particular details about works of art which I may have otherwise missed. It also provided me with an opportunity to interact with other like-minded students." Henrik Curt Damato - B.A. (Hons) Archeology and Geography 1st Yr – Baroque Art in Malta from Caravaggio to Mattia Preti
Fireworks form a distinctive component of the intangible cultural heritage of several countries. This DegreePlus unit will delve into the exciting world of fireworks, their manufacture, legislation, etc. It will focus mainly on fireworks in the Maltese context. Highly skilled Maltese pyrotechnists will be invited to share their experiences and knowhow with the students.
The course will be held in English and Maltese, but a substantial part will be given in Maltese [especially Maltese terms used in fireworks].
This eight-week course will introduce students to the realm of Ancient Greek Mythology. Throughout the study-unit we shall discuss the impact that these myths had on Ancient Greek civilisation and how these myths affected the culture and society of the people that believed in them. Students will be also introduced to mythology through ancient literary sources such as Homer and Hesiod, as well as through ancient drama such as the tragedies of Euripides.
A mixed-focus Thematic Approach which seeks to explore elements of Greek and Roman history through a thematic rather than chronological approach that puts the emphasis on these themes rather than on the narrative.
Student Review: "Greek and Roman history is a gold-mine and anyone stands to learn from the study of this topic. The tutor was clearly passionate about the topic being taught and even in his absence the replacement tutors offered pleasant presentations." James Camilleri – Master of Advocacy 1st Yr – An overview of Greek and Roman History.