The Spanish Civil War: Sources (HIH3180)
|Staff||Dr Timothy Rees - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||At least 90 credits of History at level 1 and/or level 2|
|Duration of Module||
Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks; |
This module will investigate the sources available for the study of the Spanish Civil War and its background, focussing on the period 1931-39. It will look at a range of materials, including oral testimony, memoirs, diaries, newspaper reports, political manifestos and party documents, official records and diplomatic correspondence. Students will be asked to focus on the reliability and value to the historian of these different types of sources and to place them within the broader context in which they were produced.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Ability to evaluate the different and complex types of source available for the study of the Spanish Civil War, together with ability to analyse very closely those sources which the students focus upon in their seminar presentations and written work
- 2. Ability to analyse the complex diversity of the sources studied.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Ability to analyse closely complex original sources and to assess their reliability as historical evidence. Ability to focus on and comprehend complex texts.
- 4. Ability to understand and deploy historical terminology in a comprehensible manner.
- 5. Ability to follow the often complex reasoning of political discourse in the period.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Independent and autonomous study and group work, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 7. Ability to digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 8. Ability to present complex arguments orally
The module will focus on primary sources related to the nature of Spanish society in the 1930s, the development of the democratic Republic 1931-36, the social and political polarisation that took place before 1936, and the developments of the war from the initial military uprising to the defeat of the Republic by General Franco's Nationalist forces in 1939.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||44||seminars (22 x 2hr)|
|Guided independent study||256||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing through course||1-6, 8||Oral from tutor and fellow students|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Portfolio||80||2 assignments totalling 4000 words||1-7||Verbal and written|
|Individual presentation||20||25 minutes||1-8||Verbal and written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Presentation||Written transcript of 20 minute presentation.||1-8||Referral/deferral period|
The re-assessment consists of a 6,000 word portfolio of source work, as in the original assessment, but replaces the individual presentation with a written script that could be delivered in such a presentation and which is the equivalent of 20 minutes of speech.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Arturo Barea, The Forging of a Rebel: Part 3 The Clash (Walker and Co. 2001)
Ronald. Fraser, The Blood of Spain (Penguin, 1979)
Laurie Lee, A Moment of War (Penguin, 1993)
George. Orwell, Homage to Catalonia 1st Ed. (Secker & Warburg, 1937)
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