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NORAM4505 – Movies and American Culture

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Course content

This course is a study of movies – as historical and cultural artefacts of an industry which is seen as quintessentially American. This course will examine both the history of that industry and the movies it created. We will examine the constraints imposed by political and social events and study how movies construct and contest the idea of America.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • learned to analyze movies as cultural productions;
  • learned how the history of the motion picture industry reflects and relates to developments within American national culture, politics, and history.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the North America Area studies Master program or LAP.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English


The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours seminar per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.
Attendance is an obligatory class requirement (80%).
Students are required to write an essay (5 standard pages) at an appointed time.The essay must be approved by the course teacher for the student to be allowed to take the exam. Students have to fulfill all the requirements in order to sit the exam.


The exam consists of a three-day take home exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The results will be published on the Studentweb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2011


Spring 2011

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