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Unit information: Republic, War and Dictatorship in Spain, 1931 - 1975 in 2021/22

Unit name Republic, War and Dictatorship in Spain, 1931 - 1975
Unit code HISP20076
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Paco Romero Salvado
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an overview of Spain's troubled march through Republic, Civil War and Dictatorship. It begins with the expectations raised by the proclamation of the Second Republic in April 1931 and concludes with the new hopes established by the death of General Franco and the end of the dictatorship in November 1975. Particular attention will be paid to the polarisation of politics and the breakdown of democracy which took place in the 1930s; the nature of the two Spains at war and its international allies, the foundations and consolidation of Franco's lenghty dictatorship as well as its late crisis and demise.


  • To introduce students to a significant body of knowledge of a complexity appropriate to second year level. The content matter will normally include one or more of the following: literature; social, cultural or political history; linguistics; cultural studies; film, television or other media.
  • To facilitate students’ engagement with a body of literature, including secondary literature, texts, including in non-print media, primary sources and ideas as a basis for their own analysis and development. Normally many or most of these sources will be in a language other than English and will enhance the development of their linguistic skills.
  • To develop further skills of synthesis, analysis and independent research, building on the skills acquired in units at level C.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will:

  1. be knowledgeable about a significant cultural, historical or linguistic subject related to the language they are studying
  2. be skilled in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  3. be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at a high level;
  4. be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an high level of complexity;
  5. be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including study at a foreign university and on work placements during the year abroad
  6. demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively.
  7. demonstrate sophisticated presentation skills.
  8. demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research appropriate to this level of study.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation

Assessment Information

1 x 4000 word essay (summative, 100%), assessing ILOs 1-5.

1 group presentation on topic chosen by students (formative), assessing ILOs 1-4, 6-8.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.