Spanish MA

History through film and literature: Crisis situations HIST4268

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will offer the unique opportunity comparatively to study the twentieth century history of Czechoslovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia, three European countries that have experienced Nazism and communism, by analysing a series of key period literary texts, using them as evidence-based material which bears testimony of the value system of each historical era. The analysis of the period literary works will be framed within lectures and seminars explaining, with the help of relevant historical literature, the cultural and political context.


10x1hr lectures; 10x1hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in History and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus. 

Excluded Courses





Exam (90 minutes duration) - 50%

Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Oral Presentation (8 minutes) - 10%

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:

■ Carry out a comparative study of the twentieth century history of three medium-sized European nations;

■ Develop critical and evaluative skills in the handling of a variety of primary and secondary sources, including period cultural material from the realm of literature within the context of a relevant historical framework;

■ Broaden awareness of a range of historical methods, historiography, interdisciplinary and theory;

■ Enhance confidence and independence of judgement in dealing with conflicting interpretations of major issues;

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify the key characteristics of twentieth century historical development within a three Central European nations which have experienced democracy, Nazi occupation and communism;

■ Define thoroughly the major political and social issues which have affected the lives of Europeans over the past hundred years;

■ Employ the appropriate historical methodologies involved in studying cultural artefacts;

■ Interpret literary artefacts within the appropriate historical context;

■ Interrogate a variety of literary source materials and describe their role in the process of historical explanation;

■ Critically evaluate the role that theory may play in historical explanation and interpretation.

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.