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MO4939   Civil War and Dictatorship in Spain, 1936 - 1959

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of the Honours Programme.

Planned timetable: See

The Spanish Civil War was not only a battle between 'two Spains', between two versions of what Spaniards thought their country should be, but also cast as an ideological showdown internationally; democracy versus dictatorship, socialism versus fascism. The module focuses on the political, social, cultural and economic history of the Civil War and Francoist dictatorship, tracing developments from the end of the Second Spanish Republic, through the establishment of the 'New Estate' until the close of what is commonly held to be the more fascist phase of Franco's regime, with the accession to political power of the 'technocrats' and their stabilisation plan in 1959. Engaging directly with political tracts and speeches, newsreels, visual propaganda, literature, diaries and memoirs of the time, the module explores the Civil War and Francoist dictatorship as they were imagined, practiced and experienced.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar.

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 x 3-hour Written Examinations = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 7%
Coursework: 33%

Re-assessment: New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,000 - 2,500 words) and 1 x 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr K Ferris