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Unit information: The Spanish Civil War, 1936 - 1939 in 2021/22

Unit name The Spanish Civil War, 1936 - 1939
Unit code HISP30076
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
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 analyses Spain's brutal fratricidal conflict. Students will have access to a rich number of primary sources with which to explore key themes such as the comparative evolution of both warring camps including domestic repression, propaganda, mobilisation and centralisation as well as the crucial impact of the international response to the course and outcome of the war. This will include the way in which the Spanish conflict itself shaped the consciousness of European nationals and had an immense effect on the continental balance of power. The unit will conclude with a brief view of the war's legacy: the Spain that emerged in 1939 and the foundations of General Franco's new state.


  • To introduce students to a significant body of knowledge of a complexity appropriate to final 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 I.
  • To equip students with the skills to undertake postgraduate study in a relevant field.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the politics of this period in Spanish history;
  2. select, synthesise, and evaluate relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in the target language;
  3. formulate independent responses to questions or problems in an appropriate critical style and at a high level of complexity;
  4. illustrate skills of textual and critical analysis;
  5. develop effective presentation skills, including the ability to collaborate with other students on a shared project.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including group seminar-style discussion and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment where completion is required to award credit:

1 5000-word essay (100%), testing ILOs 1-4.

1 x formative group presentation (required to pass), testing ILO 5.


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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.