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Type of course


Cycle/level 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.

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

Lectures,instruction and two practical exercises, and one individual writing assignment plus a group assignment, a treatment for a documentary film.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Single Camera 2 or corresponding

Previous course names

Introduction to Documentary film

Additional information

Please contact the course leader for more information.

Recommended or required reading

Nichols, Bill (2001) Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington: Indiana University Press ISBN: 0-253-21469-6 OTHER RELEVANT LITTERATURE: 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. 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 FILMS 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 Janus Metz: Armadillo Lise Birk Pedersen: Putin's Kiss Virpi Suutari & Susanna Helke: Joutilaat Visa Koiso-Kanttila: Isältä pojalle Mika Ronkainen: Huutajat - Screeming Pirjo Honkasalo: Melancholian 3 Huonetta Knut Erik Jensen: Cool and Crazy Jukka Kärkkäinen och J-P Passi: Kovasikajuttu Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen: Miesten vuoro Katja Gauriloff: Säilöttyjä unelmia

Study activities

  • Lectures - 45 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 5 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 43 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

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

80% participation (compensating assignments are given should participation not be met) Participation in 2 exercises Passed individual writing assignment


  • Cantell Saara
  • Grabber Klaus
  • Grönroos Anna-Karin
  • Nordström Fred


Lindfors Kauko

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

Se - see ASTA/ARBS

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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