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MO3423   Dictatorship in Practice: Everyday Life in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Franco's Spain and the Stalinist Soviet Union

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

This module explores the 'lived experience' of dictatorship in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Franco's Spain and the Stalinist Soviet Union. As such the module provides an introduction to the historiographical and conceptual approaches and empirical research surrounding the history of everyday life, an area of historical study which has gained increasing importance over recent decades. It also permits detailed insight into social and cultural policies and practices within the major European dictatorships of the mid-twentieth century. Our aim is to reveal how far these regimes succeeded in penetrating and appropriating the daily practices and 'private' worlds of the individuals they governed, as well as to note the complexities of 'ordinary' people's lived experience of dictatorship and their responses to the intrusion of the regime and its cultural products into their day-to-day lives.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr K Ferris
Module teaching staff: Dr K Ferris