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Scandinavian Culture in Film and Television

  • Duration: August-October / January-March
  • Spring semester , Fall semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 15 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: 1 May

About the course

Please notice that this course is moved from fall 2020 to spring 2021 due to the global pandemic. Updated information on course combinations will follow. 


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.

Would you like to apply?

The course is available only for students coming from our partner institutions. Contact the International Coordinator at your home institution to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Please notice that applications can be submitted for one campus only.

Learning outcome


  • The student is familiar with general trends, genres, and key figures in contemporary Scandinavian film and television series
  • The student recognizes similarities as well as differences between the Scandinavian film and television cultures
  • The student understands the dynamic relations which exist between Scandinavian and global cinema and television
  • The student has insight into the relationship between genre, aesthetics, and ideology in Scandinavian film and television 


  • The student can conduct close analysis of audiovisual fiction within the theoretical framework of national cinema
  • The student are able to account for the close connections between Scandinavian literature, film and television
  • The student are able to present and discuss various topics with relevance to Scandinavian film and television
  • The student has the ability to write thoughtfully and accurately about films and television series


General competence:
  • The student reflects critically on various subjects in the field of study
  • The student are able to structure and carry out written assignments

More information


Free for exchange students