MEVIT3528 – Alternative film
"Alternative Film" addresses how the film medium can provide alternative historical, aesthetic, analytical and theoretical expressions. The course focuses on various alternatives to the culturally and financially dominant model of Hollywood cinema, and to the characteristics of this model in terms of film style and narrative. “Alternative film” invites analysis and theoretical discussions on larger aesthetic movements and trends, as well as focused studies on specific films and audiovisual images. The course illustrates the historical conditions that form the basis of various cinematic orientations, and explores how film has always in various ways tested the limits and characteristics of the medium.
The course offers knowledge to students who want to work with film in academic and/or other professional contexts, such as in film production, cultural work or in various journalistic contexts. Prior basic knowledge of film history, film/media theory, and academic writing is recommended.
- has an understanding of dominant norms and traditions for how films are produced and how films evoke particular audience experiences
- is familiar with historical manifestations of cinematic productions that provide alternatives to mainstream cinema, as associated with Hollywood film productions
- has an advanced understanding of theoretical perspectives and concepts relevant to discussions and analysis of alternative film
- can analytically reflect on dominant cinematic conventions and traditions, and how the film medium can challenge these conventions and traditions in different ways
- can analytically reflect on how a film, or other audiovisual production, positions itself in relation to earlier norms and standards for cinematic productions
- can write an academic film analysis
- can partake in reflections and discussions on the qualities and characteristics of specific films
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Fall 2020: Digital teaching takes place throughout the semester organized as workshops comprising lectures, film screenings, and student activities. In addition, students will receive supervision on their term paper.
A proposal for the term paper should be approved by the course teacher. The mandatory activity must be approved before you can take the exam in this course.
Approved obligatory activities are only valid the semester you attend the course
Term paper. The paper should be 10 standard pages (+/- 10%), front page and bibliography not included.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
Periodic course evaluations: