Spanish MA

Representations of the Spanish Civil War HISP4109

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course focuses on cultural representations (literature, cinema and art) of the Spanish Civil War, one of the major armed conflicts of the twentieth century, and Franco's dictatorship.


20 x 1 hour seminars over both semesters as scheduled in MyCampus.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options which are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Time Limited Assignment to be completed over a 4 day period (1500 words) - 50%

Essay (2000 words)  - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to the causes, development and consequences of the conflict and the ways in which the historical trauma has been represented through the analysis of several films, novels, short stories and works of art;

■ explore through cultural representations the military rebellion and the Republic's response; the political, social and cultural aspects of the war, the reasons for the fall of the Republic and the Nationalist victory, the role of Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, the relationship between General Franco and the Falange (Spain's fascist party) and the hunger years;

■ explore recent debates surrounding the transmission of historical memory and address how Spaniards have tried to come to terms with their traumatic past.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss the causes and consequences of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath;

■ display a detailed knowledge of the films/novels selected and be able to place them in their social, historical and cultural context;

■ use historical and political terminology (communism, anarchism, fascism, etc.);

■ display an ability to implement different forms of critical analysis of films and texts (cultural, historical, socio-political, etc.);

■ make effective use of notes and secondary sources, and benefit from class discussion;

■ present arguments related to the films and texts studied in essays and examinations supported with appropriate critical evidence;

■ deploy appropriate research skills in preparing essays.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.