Sillabu Year 10 – Form 4

Module Form 4 Social Studies General

(leading to Environmental Studies SEC 2017)

1. The Maltese Lifestyle
  • The influence of the media, emigration and tourism on the Maltese lifestyle.
  • Irregular immigration in Malta and its effect on the country.
  • The development of a multicultural society.
  • Comparison between the complexity of the present life style and the simplicity of the former life style.
  • Leisure in Malta in the 19th century. Leisure activities: village festas, horse racing, ‘l-Imnarja’, agricultural fairs, Carnival, band clubs, wine shops and folk singing.
  • Comparison between past and present forms of leisure activities
2. The Four Sectors of the Economy
  • The development of the Maltese economy: from a fortress economy to a varied economy.
  • The primary sector of the Maltese economy (agriculture, fishing, quarrying).
  • The secondary sector of the Maltese economy (manufacture).
  • The tertiary sector of the Maltese economy (services).
  • The quaternary sector of the Maltese economy (digital)
3. Work, Wealth and the Environment
  • Manufacturing industries (Inner City location): location of factories.
  • Industrial Estates: The impact of industry on the environment.
  • Exports and imports.  Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • Socio-economic development.
  • Malta’s economic relations with other countries.
  • Tourism in Malta: benefits and its implications for economic and social life in Malta.
  • Eco-tourism.
  • A global perspective of tourism.
  • Negative impacts of tourism on the environment.
4. Social Implications of Work
  • The social partners, workers’ unions, workers’ participation, workers’ cooperatives, occupational health and safety.
  • Human resource management and work effectiveness.
  • How developments in the work environment has influenced society and people’s life styles (development of new shopping centres, inequality of access, need of new skills).
5. Politics
  • Politics as a process of participation in civic life.
  • Political parties and democratic way of life for citizens.
  • Politics as a system based on pressure groups, political parties, parliamentary system.
  • The role of political parties in society’s development.
  • The role of local councils in local community development.
  • Interactions between the central government and local governments

Din hi taqsira tas-sillabu għal-Form 4 / Year 10 li jkunu għażlu l-Istudji Soċjali OPTION.

This is the summary of the Form 4 / Year 10 Social Studies OPTION syllabus.


Module Form 4 OPTION  Social Studies 

(leading to Social Studies SEC 2017)

1. Youths in a Changing Society
  • Definition of youth; adolescence as age of transition from childhood to adulthood; physical and psychological development in youths; quest for identity.
  • Role of youths in society: the dilemma faced by youth in maintaining social stability while acting as catalysts of social change.
  • Youth and subcultures.
  • Challenges faced by youths in a highly competitive society (in studying and employment).
  • Social problems faced by youths (substance abuse, teenage pregnancies, attitudes to sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, deviance and delinquency).
  • Youth rehabilitation programmes.
  • Youth opportunities: educational opportunities in Malta and abroad; EU educational programmes (Comenius, Youth in Action Programme; Lifelong Learning Programme); student exchange programmes.
2. Health
  • Definition of health.
  • A holistic concept of health as referred to in the WHO definition.
  • The four determinants of health according to the WHO (the social and economic environment, the physical environment, lifestyle, and individual’s characteristics and behaviours).
  • Sustaining a healthy lifestyle (social activity, hygiene, stress management, health care, healthy diet, sports, and regular physical exercise).
  • Social causes of illness (health as affected by social conditions, poverty, nutritional deficiencies, stress and lack of safety at work, overcrowded or poorly maintained housing, environmental pollution, and sanitation).
  • The healthcare system and health services in Malta: State and private
3. Welfare and Social Exclusion
  • Definition of welfare; welfare as a means of social protection.
  • Welfare state and welfare society.
  • Forms of welfare: monetary payments; vouchers; subsidies; health services and housing; welfare schemes funded by governments, the Church, and nongovernment organizations; public-private initiatives.
  • Different forms of poverty: relative, absolute, material and social; effects of poverty on society.
  • Indicators of poverty: levels of education, healthcare, employment, income, environment and housing; food provision; living at the risk of poverty.
4. Social Stratification and Differentiation
  • Definition of social stratification and differentiation.
  • Types of social stratification (caste, apartheid, feudal, social class).
  • The social class structure (upper, middle, lower).
  • Karl Marx and Max Weber on social stratification.
  • Gender, ethnic, religious, and regional differences as sources of differentiation; conflicts that may arise from such differences.
  • Social differentiation and life chances.
  • Social mobility (vertical and horizontal).
  • Factors leading to social mobility (occupation, education, social background, marriage).
 5. Economy, Work and Leisure
  • Definition of economy, work and leisure.
  • Work ethics.
  • Division of labour and social implications of work (social status, financial independence, social interaction, a sense of identity, and. contribution to the economy).
  • The transformation of work: preindustrial, industrial, and technological.
  • Work and gender, disability, minority/ethnic groups, and age.
  • Distribution of occupations according to skill, economic function, or social status.
  • The employment structure (primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary sectors). 
  • Economic systems (free market, centralised, and mixed economies).
  • Malta’s economy – a mixed economy based largely on the tertiary sector.
  • Job mobility and career progression; the role of the Employment and Training Corporation in Malta.
  • Unemployment (causes and effects) and poverty; underemployment.
  • Industrial relations (social partners, trade unions, collective bargaining/agreements) industrial conflict; the role of the International Labour Organisation.
  • The role of cooperatives and Small and Medium-sized enterprises.
  • Voluntary work.
  • Occupational health and safety.
  • Changing leisure patterns.
  • Different leisure patterns in Malta according to the type of work, working conditions, time, and income.
6. Politics
  • Defining key terms: politics, power, authority, government and the State.
  • Citizenship: equality, freedom, and the rule of law.
  • Civic rights and obligations.
  • Centralisation and decentralisation of government.
  • Political ideologies (democracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism, monarchies).
  • Characteristics of democracy – separation of powers, pluralism, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, association and movement, representation, transparency and accountability.
  • Malta’s system of government: parliamentary democracy – the role of the Parliament; the functions and role of the President of the Republic; the role of the Judiciary; the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State; main characteristics of the Constitution; the Cabinet; the importance and role of the Opposition.
  • The role of political parties in Malta.
  • Historical milestones in Maltese political history since the Second World War: Independence (1964), the Republic (1974), Malta no longer a British base (1979), and Malta’s membership in the European Union (2004).
  • Local governments as an example of decentralization of power: the role and function of local councils in Malta; how they are elected; projects and initiatives taken by local councils.
  • Malta’s representation at supranational levels (the EU; Schengen Agreement, 2007; Member of the Euro Zone, 2008) and international levels (the Commonwealth; the United Nations).
  • Malta’s representation in the European Parliament.
7. Mass Media and Communications
  • Definition of mass media and communication.
  • Different forms and characteristics of mass media: newspapers, radio, fixed and mobile telephone, satellite and cable television; cinema, the internet and social networking; blogs; podcasts; electronic mail, electronic publications and e-shopping.
  • Purposes of mass media (socialisation, social control, education, advocacy, entertainment, information to the public).
  • The role of journalism in modern society (delivering information about social, political and economic issues).
  • The role of the media in globalisation, and single ownership of mass media (media moguls, for example Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump).
  • Pluralism of the media and its implications on society.
  • Media influence and its effects (for example, positive role models, media stereotyping and violence).
8. Religion
  • Definition of religion.
  • Functions of religion.
  • Main world religions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism.
  • Types of religious organizations: churches, sects, new religious movements, denominations and cults.
  • Secularisation and social change.
  • Religious freedom and tolerance

Ikklikja hawn għas-Sillabu komplut:

Click here for the complete Syllabus:


Meħud mis-sit uffiċjali –
Taken from the official site –