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MEVIT4545 – Moving North - The Moving Image in Nordic Film and TV Series

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Course content

The course “Moving North: The Moving Image in Nordic Film and TV series” will study different aspects of contemporary films and TV series from the Nordic countries.

The international appeal of TV series like “The Killing”, “The Bridge”, and “Mammon” has resulted in a major popular cultural export that is historically unprecedented with regard to popular audiovisual fiction from the Nordic countries. Likewise, film directors like Ruben Østlund, Joachim Trier, Aki Kaurismäki, and Susanne Bier have won international acclaim for their different film productions.

An emphasis will be to study and analyse what is considered to constitute similarities but also differences between the audiovisual fiction productions from the Nordic region. Developments within the production contexts in the Nordic region will also be studied during the course time. Relevant issues might be genre, style, authorship, production cultures, quality television, and Nordic noir.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • recognize and describe key characteristics of recent Nordic audiovisual fiction
  • demonstrate knowledge of central works within Nordic TV drama and film
  • name important filmmakers, and describe and discuss their style
  • analyse a film or television series
  • demonstrate knowledge of the production cultures in the Nordic region​


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The course will be taught in lectures and seminars, of approximately two hours each per week over a total of seven weeks. The lectures will be joint for students on the BA and MA levels. The course also includes a weekend seminar to be held at Cinemateket in Oslo.

The course has an obligatory activity. In order to qualify for the exam, students on the course must present their research question in an oral presentation during the seminars.


The exam for this course is a term paper. Students are expected to formulate a research question and write a term paperof approximately ten pages (12pt Times New Roman or similar font, 1.5 line spacing).

All students on the course must have their obligatory activity approved in order to qualify for the exam.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in 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

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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

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Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, 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






The course is not offered spring 2019

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