Film history, introductory course

7.5 credits

The course gives a basic introduction to the history of the film until today. It also covers the aesthetic, social, economic and technical conditions and changes of the film media. We learn about the film's creation as narrative mass media, the classic Hollywood, national film movements after World War II and the newer film's aesthetics and conditions in a globalized film market. In addition, it is discussed how the film-historical heritage with DVDs, the Internet and festivals becomes part of the contemporary film culture. Practical exercises from a contemporary perspective - for example about the festival organization - are interspersed with lectures and seminars on film history.

The course language is Swedish and you need to have passed Swedish on level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to be eligable for admission.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.