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Swedish Film and Television Culture

Taught in English, first cycle level. Recommended for exchange students and international free movers interested in Swedish cinema and television. The course explores the moving image in Swedish culture and society. Lectures and screenings in Filmhuset.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

How to register and practical information. For you who have been admitted to courses at the Department of Media Studies.

Welcome email:

Are you admitted to any of our courses? In that case, you will receive a welcome email from us from January 5, 2021. The email will be sent to the e-mail address you provided when you applied for the course at or

NOTE: To retain your place on the course, you must register online, unless otherwise stated. The welcome email contains all the information you need for web registration.

Exceptions from web registration: exchange studies (see below) and certain applicants within the master's program - registration according to information from the department.

Web registration - how to do it:

1: Activate your university account - otherwise you can not register

Before you can register online, you must first activate your university account. You do this on the page There you also order your university card.

2: Register - otherwise you will lose your place!

You register online at If you do not register by the deadline, you will lose your place.


Date of web registration:

For courses starting 18/1 (Period 1), you can register online:

  • 5/1 - 14/1

For courses starting 23/3 (period 2) you can register online:

  • 5/1 - 21/3

Reserve/waiting list - admitted as a reserve

From 11 to 18 January, eventual reserves are admitted. If you are admitted, you will receive a welcome email from us which you must respond to within the specified time. Check your email (and even spam) daily during this period so that you do not miss important information and risk losing your place.

Conditionally admitted - accepted with conditions (Vi)

You who have been accepted with conditions can not register for the course until we have been able to see that you are eligible. If you have written a re-examination late in the semester, it may need to be corrected before the condition lock can be removed. If you still can not register on January 14, contact us by phone or e-mail and we will see why the condition lock has not been removed.

Master's programme Student

You will recieve a Welcome mail and register online.


Exchange students arriving on Departmental or Central Exchange Agreements (Erasmus+, Nordplus, Civis, Nordlys or Bilateral Central agreement) will be registred before semester starts for the courses they are admitted to at the Department.
Spring 2021: Accepted Exchange Students will be invited personally for an online introduction meeting.
For further contact:


Find your course info

Schedule and course literature can be found here on your course in the education catalog.


Student with a disability / functional variation

Apply for support already as an admitted student or as soon as you have been registered. Stockholm University offers various forms of educational support for people with permanent disabilities. The support offered depends on your situation and is intended to facilitate your studies. Apply for support as soon as you have been registered.


The learning platform ATHENA

Once you have registered, you will access the course's course page in Athena.

Athena is the learning platform we use. Athena is part of "It's learning". In practice, Athena will be your main place during the courses you study.

NOTE: You must be a registered student on the course - otherwise you will not be able to access Athena.

Each course you are registered for has an Athena page - a "Course page".

There you will find updates and information from the course coordinator, schedule, plans, tasks and other things that you need during your education.

If you do not find your Athena page - contact the student office.

Tip: download the It's Learning app.

Forms of education Department of Media Studies Spring 2021

Due to Covid-19 and in accordance with Stockholm University's guidelines and decisions, the spring of 2021 will look different from regular semesters. Distance learning will be the main form of teaching.

The teaching at the Department of Media Studies during Spring Semester 2021 will mostly take place on-line. 

30/1 a decision is made on certain courses / modules that begin the second part of the semester.

Check this link for specific course information
If you have a reason for not being able to participate in our courses at the department, that should not be Online teaching format - you may attend on-line. Contact the responsible teacher for detailed arrangements.

We follow Stockholm University's decisions and recommendations on teaching.


If you have questions about registration, contact our student offices on the subject you are going to study:

Cinema Studies:

Fashion Studies:

Media and Communication Studies




Read more on the department website

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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The course provides an overview of the role of the moving image in Swedish culture and society during the last 100 years, a period when moving image culture became increasingly more important. Swedish film and television culture is presented in relation to international trends and developments in the field. Various approaches are considered, including the analysis of formal concerns combined with different socio-cultural perspectives as well as entertainment genres and avant-garde experiment. Industrial practice and film analysis are discussed with a focus on individual artists. Attention is also paid to case studies dealing with questions of criticism and reception.

This course is given entirely in English and takes you on a journey through the Swedish landscape within television and film. The course can be used as complementary studies in Cinema Studies in a degree and is also taken by many exchange students and program students.

Exchange student

This course is common to take by exchange students. Below you find brief information of importance.

To participate as an exchange student that has an agreement between your home university and our department as part of Erasmus+ for example you stay in contact with our International Coordinator at The Department of Media Studies.

Want to take this course  - but do not have an agreement with us
If you are not a part of a department agreement between your home university and our department but you study as an exchange student at another department at Stockholm University - then your coordinator at your host department at Stockholm University must contact our International Coordinator.

Contact information

  • Course structure

    The course with ca 40 students run for 10 weeks and has lectures and screenings.

    All classes in "Filmhuset" by Gärdet in Stockholm

    Screening in the big theatre "Bio Victor" with live piano to silent film and many more screenings in theatre Bio Mauritz.

    Teaching format

    The course is taught in English only.

    Teaching consists of lectures and seminars as well as screenings of film and other media material. Lectures and seminars are compulsory. The teaching is in English. For more information see the course description.

    Build your full time semester with this course

    The course is 15 ECTS credits and can for instance be combined with full time 15 credit courses that run second half of the semester to get 30 ECTS in total full time.


    The course is examined through a home exam, written assignments and oral presentations. For more detailed information, see the course description.


    Examinatorer HT20

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    About the Link below:
    the link is directed to the valid course texts for a specific semester. Do NOT use a course text list from other than the semester you attend.

  • More information

    Said about the course:

     "I loved this course, it was also such a great experience to have lectures at the filmhuset and to learn so much about swedish film. " / student in course evaluation 2019.

  • Contact

    Interested in this course as part of your exchange?

    Contact our international coordinator via