- Module description
The Spanish Civil War: Context (HIH3181)
|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 focuses on the Spanish Civil War, one of the most divisive and bitter conflicts of the twentieth century, that created passionate interest around the world. It will look in depth at the war and its social and political background, concentrating on the period 1913-39. Not only political and military affairs will be investigated, but also the important international, cultural and socio-economic aspects of this struggle. Key issues to be considered will be the establishment and failure of democracy in Spain, the nature of the war, the development of the two opposing sides, the reasons for Republican failure and Nationalist success, the impact of foreign powers and the internationalism of the conflict, and the rise of the Franco regime as the war's outcome.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Ability to evaluate the different complex themes in the Spanish Civil War
- 2. Ability to make close specialist evaluation of the key developments within Spain in the period, developed through independent study and seminar work.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Ability to analyse the key developments within a particular historical environment
- 4. Ability to focus on and comprehend complex issues
- 5. Ability to understand and deploy historical and political terminology in a comprehensible manner
- 6. Ability to follow the complex reasoning inherent in political discourse.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Independent and autonomous study and group work, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 8. Ability to digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment
- 9. Ability to present complex arguments orally.
The first term will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the war and its origins. It will consider the nature of Spanish society in the 1930s, the development of the democratic Republic of 1931-36, and the political and social polarisation that took place before 1936. The focus will then turn to looking at the war in detail 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|
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|
|Better of two essay marks||33||2 x 3000 words||1-9||Verbal and written|
|Unseen Examination||67||2 questions in 2 hours||1-9||Written|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
P. Preston, A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War (Fontana, 1996)
P. Preston, Franco (HarperCollins, 1993)
S. Payne, Spain's First Democracy (Wisconsin UP, 1994)
G. Esenwein and A. Schubert, Spain at War (Longman, 1994)
S. Ellwood, The Spanish Civil War (Blackwell, 1993)
J. Grugel and T. Rees, Franco's Spain (Arnold, 1997)
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