The Spanish Civil War Online
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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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.
- The Start of the War (July to September 1936)
- The Middle Period (October 1936 to January 1938)
- The End (February 1938 to March 1939)
- The International Dimension
- The Key Characters
- Key Incidents
- The Consequences
- The Spanish Civil War in Art, Literature and Film
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the subject. No previous knowledge is assumed. The course is taught in English.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning are undertaken by means of Web-delivered teaching materials – via Cardiff University’s Blackboard software and e-mail – in which fundamental information about the topic is presented. This approach runs in parallel with long distance tutorial support and assessment. Such support is tailored to students’ specific needs relevant to the discipline. Methods include presentation of teaching material via Word and PDF documents, and the study of relevant historical documentation; the aim being to stimulate students into discussion and debate, and further exploration.
Coursework and Assessment
Essay or other equivalent written assignments to a total of 1500 words demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material.
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.
You will not have formal examinations but you may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
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.
The course tutor will suggest specific reading materials, but the following sources are recommended:
- 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 www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn 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.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.