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Professional studies

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Type of course


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


Barnouw, Erik (1993) Documentary - a history of the non-fiction
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

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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