ØST, East European and Russian History through Film (E21)

Course content

In this course we will examine how major events and relationships in Eastern European and Russian history have been addressed in film. Through close readings of cinema students will learn both about the history films depict as well as to understand how politics and historical events have changed the role of the artist over time from creative genius, to tool of propaganda, and at times, to dissenting rebel. 

We will examine major cinematic works and significant directors from Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Yugoslavia and their successor states. Questions of politics and ideology inevitably arise when watching films that reflect a totalitarian experience, but those will not be our only concerns in this course. Rather, while learning about history and socio-political conditions, we will also explore a wide range of questions regarding aesthetics. Each week we watch one or two movies and read relevant theory, history and literature to help our understanding of the films and of the conditions under which they were made. 

After completion of this class the student will be able to:

  • account for major historical events in Russia and Eastern Europe;
  • know how to distinguish between some main aesthetic movements of the 20th century;
  • master important filmmaking and film theory terms;
  • read secondary literature and theory critically.

Curriculum for the Bachelor's programme in Eastern Europe studies, 2019 Curriculum

Curriculum for the elective studies in Eastern European Studies The 2019 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master's programme in Eastern European Studies, the 2021 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master's programme in Eastern European Studies, The 2019 Curriculum

Learning outcome

BA Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Valgfrit emne Balkan (aktivitetskode HBAB01351E)
Valgfrit emne Polsk (aktivitetskode HPLB01351E)
Valgfrit emne Russisk (aktivitetskode HRUB01351E)
BA-projekt Balkan (aktivitetskode HBAB01361E)
BA-projekt Polsk (aktivitetskode HPLB01361E)
BA-projekt Russisk (aktivitetskode HRUB01361E)

BA-tilvalg i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Valgfrit emne A (aktivitetskode HØEB10171E)
Valgfrit emne B (aktivitetskode HØEB10181E)

KA Østeruopastudier 2021-studieordning:
Fordybelsesemne – Rusland (aktivitetskode HRUK03431E)
Fordybelsesemne – Polen (aktivitetskode HPLK03431E)
Fordybelsesemne – Balkan (aktivitetskode HBAK03431E)

KA Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Fordybelsesemne – Rusland (aktivitetskode HRUK03551E)
Særligt studeret emne – Rusland (aktivitetskode HRUK03591E)
Fordybelsesemne – Polen (aktivitetskode HPLK03551E)
Særligt studeret emne – Polen (aktivitetskode HPLK03591E)
Fordybelsesemne – Balkan (aktivitetskode HBAK03551E)
Særligt studeret emne - Balkan (aktivitetskode HBAK03591E)

KA-tilvalg Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Fordybelsesemne (aktivitetskode HØEK13551E)
Særligt studeret emne A (aktivitetskode HØEK13591E)
Særligt studeret emne B (aktivitetskode HØEK13592E)
Særligt studeret emne C (aktivitetskode HØEK13593E)

Lectures, seminars, discussions

To be announced in Absalon

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • English
  • 412,5


Course number
Programme level
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

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Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Anna Helena Alexandra Krakus   (11-44717164314e75646e7876436b7870316e7831676e)

Anna Krakus, anna.krakus@hum.ku.dk

Saved on the 31-03-2021

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