Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Course content

This course provides an introduction to film history with a focus on cultural, aesthetic and technological developments in Europe and the US during the twentieth century. The course begins with the emergence of film technologies in the 1890s, before delving into the American film industry’s growth and transformation in the 1910s. We then attend to the development of international film styles, genres, and theories that flourished in the 1920s before advancing into the post-World War II period, which witnessed the birth of a new kind of cinema with the emergence of various national “new waves.”  We will learn how to frame the films within a broader cultural and social history. By the end of the course students will be familiar with major national film trends of the twentieth century, including French Impressionism, German Expressionism, Film noir, Italian Neorealism and the French New Wave. The course will end with the heyday of the Classical Hollywood studio era and the circumstances that led to its decline.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course students will:


  • recognise pivotal moments in twentieth century film history
  • be familiar with different methods of film history


  • have acquired basic skills in film historical research
  • have learnt to analyse the formal and stylistic elements of film
  • be able to discuss how gender, race and class have historically been addressed in film

General Competence

  • have honed their academic writing skills
  • have developed critical reading skills


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with


Lectures and seminar groups. Further details on course and teaching structure can be found on the semester page for the relevant semester.

The course can be canceled if fewer than 10 students register for teaching.


This course has two mandatory activities. In order to qualify for the exam, you must:

  • At least 75% of the seminars, assessed as approved / non-approved.
  • Mandatory midway quiz in Canvas, assessed as approved / non-approved.

Approved obligatory activities are valid the semester you attend the course and the two following semesters the course is offered.

Students are also expected to watch a lot of movies for this course, and screenings are scheduled ahead of lectures.


Three-day home exam of up to 10 standard pages (of 2,300 characters without spaces)

Front page, reference list and attachments should not be counted.

Students must pass both compulsory activities in order to sit the exam.

Digital home examination

The home examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera.You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

 Read more about home examinations using Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language