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Undergraduate Course: The Spanish Civil War (HIST10303)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course examines the most controversial event in modern Spanish history, the Civil War of 1936 to 1939. It will consider the origins of the war before studying the main military, political, diplomatic, socio-economic and cultural developments of the conflict. Undergraduates will have access to the wide range of published and unpublished primary source materials.
Course description The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) has long fascinated scholars and students alike. To many contemporaries, Spain appeared to be a battleground between democracy, communism and fascism. While this course will recognise the importance of foreign intervention (and non-intervention), it will stress that the conflict was primarily a domestic battle between competing visions of 'Spain'. The course will study the origins of the civil war, rejecting simplistic explanations of an inevitable clash between the 'Two Spains'. It will then examine the military rebellion of July 1936 and the main military, political, socio-economic and cultural developments of the civil war before General Franco's unconditional victory in April 1939.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  17
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 345 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 50%
Coursework: 50%

2 x 4,000 word essays, one due in each semester (each worth 25%)
1 x 3 hour exam (50%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
1. G Brenan The Spanish Labyrinth (1943)
2. R Carr Spain 1808-1975 (1982)
3. G Jackson The Spanish Republic and the Civil War (1965)
4. M Álvarez Tardío & F del Rey Reguillo (eds) The Spanish Republic Revisited. From Democratic Hopes to Civil War (1931-1936)
5. A Beevor The Battle for Spain: the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 (2006)
6. F Lannon The Spanish Civil War (2002)
7. S G Payne The Spanish Civil War (2012).
8. M Seidman Republic of Egos. A Social History of the Spanish Civil War (2002)
9. M Seidman The Victorious Counterrevolution (2011)
10. H Thomas The Spanish Civil War (1991)
11. M Baumeister & S Schüler-Springorum (eds) "If You Tolerate This" The Spanish Civil War in the Age of Total War (2008)
12. J Ruiz The 'Red Terror' and the Spanish Civil War. Revolutionary Violence in Madrid (2014)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSpanish civil war
Course organiserDr Julius Ruiz
Tel: (0131 6)50 3760
Course secretaryMiss Katy Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780
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