Cancelled FM Scandinavian Film & TV Elective, Fall

Course content

The Scandinavian welfare society has a sophisticated cultural policy based on both the free market and public support. The film and television culture of Scandinavia is strong with institutions and traditions created to secure creative diversity for both national, Scandinavian and global audiences. In many ways Scandinavian film and television is a global cultural brand, connected with and exporting some of the cultural and social values connected to a liberal and progressive welfare society. Dating back to the silent cinema era and through the birth of a modern film and television culture after 1945, Scandinavia has contributed significantly to our global cultural heritage.

The course offers an understanding of the creative forces behind film and television and of how Scandinavian society and culture has influenced the production. Lectures draw on sociological, cultural and aesthetic theory and cover subjects, such as national and global cinema, film and media policy, co-production, gender balance, film and television genre – and auteur theory. The course will focus on important film directors and the way they have reflected and influenced our understanding of Scandinavia – within and beyond borders. From Carl Th. Dreyer’s complex historical and religious dramas and Ingmar Bergman’s symbolic and psychological films – to the modern art cinema of Lars von Trier, Aki Kaurismäki, Ruben Östlund and Bent Hamer.  Moreover, the course will deal with typical examples of popular genres in Scandinavian cinema and television – e.g. how Scandinavian Public Service television has contributed to the local and global circulation of television drama.



Elective Studies in Film and Media Studies, 2019, BA

Learning outcome

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of:

 the historical development of Scandinavian film and TV

 the interplay between social conditions, cultural policy and cultural production

 selected theories about media genres, narrative forms and aesthetics.

Skills to:

 describe and analyse the history, expressions, function and meaning of Scandinavian film and TV

 identify, formulate and scientifically analyse relevant problems within Scandinavian film and TV and

 apply selected theories and methods to scientific analysis of Scandi-navian film and TV.

Competencies to:

 reflect on the relevance and applicability of theories and methodolo-gies in relation to analysing Scandinavian film and TV

 assess developments and works in a social, cultural and artistic per-spective.


Class teaching with discussion, presentations and group work. The course is taught in English.

The syllabus consists of 700 standard pages of course literature set by the lecturer and 300-500 standard pages chosen by the students and relevant to the topic chosen by them for the exam. The student’s syllabus must be ap-proved in advance by the lecturer.

Students from Film and Media UCPH are not allowed to take this course

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject.
Scope: 11-15 standard pages.

The Exam will be conducted in English
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 325,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester

Skema lægges udenfor blokstruktur
Study Board of Media, Cognition and Communication
Contracting department
  • Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Kamel Benkaaba   (5-6d636f676e426a776f306d7730666d)

Kamel Benkaaba

Saved on the 21-06-2021

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