About the course
This course investigates Scandinavian culture through its most distinguished films and television drama serials, emphasising the outcome of the past 25 years. From a national and an international perspective, Scandinavian film and television drama are doing very well, and can pride themselves with Oscar awards and nominations as well as international Emmy awards. The course aims to explore the film and television texts in light of key characteristics of the Scandinavian societies and culture while delving into the key figures, themes and stylistic traits of contemporary Scandinavian cinema and television.
Through diverse case studies, the course offers these main approaches: 1) A focus on the works of world famous Scandinavian film directors like Ingmar Bergman and Lars von Trier and newer well-known names like Susanne Bier and Joachim Trier. 2) A focus on recent trends within television like the highly successful Nordic Noir-crime serial of The Bridge or the digitally innovative Norwegian teen drama serial of Shame. 3) A focus on Word War II as a common historical experience in Norway and Denmark and the public arguments of its meaning for nowadays Norwegians and Danes. 4) A focus on the multicultural aspects of the Scandinavian societies through the work of debate oriented film directors.
To view the curriculum for FFV2010 Scandinavian Culture in Film and Television, please search here. Do notice that the curriculum might not be ready until a few weeks prior to the official semester start.