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Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to add to a deeper understanding of documentary film as a genre to the participants.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to distinguish, produce and analyze different genres within the area of documentary film.

Course contents

The course consists of lectures and procutions of short exercises.

Recommended or required reading

Nichols, Bill (2001) Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington: Indiana University Press ISBN: 0-253-21469-6 ÖVRIG RELEVANT LITTERATUR: Barnouw, Erik (1993) Documentary - a history of the non-fiction film New York: Oxford University Press Aaltonen, Jouko (2006) Todellisuuden vangit vapauden valtakunnassa – dokumenttielokuva ja sen tekoprosessi. Helsinki: LIKE. Aaltonen, Jouko (2006) Todellisuuden vangit vapauden valtakunnassa – dokumenttielokuva ja sen tekoprosessi. Helsinki: LIKE. Wells, Paul (2001) The Documentary Form: Personal and Social 'Realities' i An Introduction to Film Studies (ed. Jill Nelmes) London: Routledge Helke, Susanna (2006) Nanookin jälki – Tyyli ja metodi dokumentaarisen ja fiktiivisen elokuvan rajalla. Helsinki: Taideteollisen Korkeakoulun julkaisusarja Austin, Thomas & de Jong, Wilma (ed.) (2008) Rethinking Documentary – New Perspectives, New Practises Glasgow: McGraw-Hill Rabiger, Michael: (1998): Directing the Documentary Oxford: Focal Press FILMER Robert Flaherty: Nanook of the North D.A. Pennebaker: Don´t Look Back Alan Resnais: Night and Fog Errol Morris: Thin Blue Line Chris Marker : Sans Soleil Steve James: Hoop Dreams Werner Herzog: My Best Fiend Morgan Spurlock: Supersize Me Raymond Depardon: Modern Life Ulrich Seidl: Animal Love Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe: Lost in La Mancha Jia Zhang-Ke: 24 City Marc Singer: Dark Days

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Small-group work - 40 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 33 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition


  • Lindfors Kauko
  • Nordström Fred
  • Nåls Jan


Nåls Jan

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Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

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