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The Spanish Civil War: Causes, Course and Consequences

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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Many mutually-antagonistic political currents erupted into the defining conflict of its era. A precursor to the Second World War, the Spanish Civil War sucked in individuals from across the world, including many from South Wales. It was to beggar and isolate Spain for a generation whilst emboldening Hitler and Mussolini. This course tracks its causes, course and (continuing) consequences.

Lecture programme:

1) Causes
2) The Start of the War (July ? September 1936)
3) The Middle Period  (October 1936 ? January 1938)
4) The End (February 1938 ? March 1939)
5) The International Dimension
6) Propaganda
7) The Key Characters
8) Key Incidents
9) The Consequences
10) The Spanish Civil War in Art, Literature and Film

Who is this course for?

Anybody with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

Basic seminar-style sessions with tutor leading with talk and Powerpoint presentations during the first part of the session as basis for group discussion and questions and answers in the second part.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

Assessment for this course is very flexible. There is a choice:

1) 1 x 1500 word essay from a choice of three
2) 3 x 500 word essays from a choice of five
3) A weekly course diary of at least 8 x 200 words summarizing your thoughts of the topic under discussion each week
4) One half of the requirements of any of (1) to (3) above in combination with a class presentation on a relevant topic to be agreed with the tutor ((2) would be 1 x 750 word essay)

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

Hugh Thomas: The Spanish Civil War, Fourth Ed, Penguin, 2004
Paul Preston: ¡Comrades! Portraits from the Spanish Civil War, Harper Collins, 1999
Antony Beevor: The Battle for Spain, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006


Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.