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Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course

Free Elective

Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Scandinavian design is an establishment often claimed to be influenced by the nature and geographical location of the Scandinavian countries. Words like simple, clean and functional are often considered synonymous with Scandinavian design. The course objectives are two-fold. Firstly, the course serves to introduce students to a cross-section of Nordic and Scandinavian cinema through viewings, readings and discussions in class. Students, after completing the course will be able to discuss in an informed manner the contributions made by Scandinavian filmmakers such as Carl Th. Dreyer, Ingmar Bergman, Aki Kaurismäki, Lars von Trier, Fridirik Thor Fridriksson, Klaus Härö – among others. Students will also be able to identify the styles and influences associated with Scandinavian cinema and will develop an understanding of the trends and direction in which contemporary Scandinavian cinema is moving. Secondly the course offers an alternative platform for discussing cinema; an alternative from a more narrow textual analysis to addressing issues of design, nature and further, offers an insight into often neglected influences that provide filmmakers their inspiration for their work. Students should after having completed the course have the necessary foundation to investigate filmmaking on a broader base and to understand the diversity of influences a filmmaker is consciously or unconsciously exposed to. Students would have developed an understanding that filmmaking as any art form is born of and influenced by the space surrounding the filmmaker and that this space is not only informed by historical and sociological conditions but that the geo-physical forms offer immediate influences which are seldom the concern of film critics or scholars.

Learning outcomes

1) The course serves to introduce students to a cross-section of Nordic and Scandinavian cinema. 2) Students will be able to identify the styles and influences associated with Scandinavian cinema. 3) Offers an insight into influences that provide filmmakers inspiration for their work.

Course contents

During the course students are asked to discuss given topics based on viewings in class and pre advertised readings. In addition students will give a presentation to the class and write an essay based on topics related to the framework given for the course.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names

The course is new for 2009-10.

Additional information

The course will only be held if a minimum of 6 students enroll. If more then 16 students enroll the lecturer may limit participation as preferred.

Recommended or required reading

1) Soila, T. (eds) The cinema of Scandinavia. Wallflower Press, London, 2005 2) Course reading pack, handed out during course

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 13 hours
  • Project work and productions - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 80 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 53 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and presentations
  • Essays

Assessment requirements

1) Attendance and activity in class 2) Presentation to class 3) Essay


Nordström Fred


Grönvall John

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2010-05-11 - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2010-05-13 - Essays

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