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Film Experience: theories and approaches

This course in Cinema Studies offers theoretical analysis tools and media historical knowledge about various aspects of experience, affect and commitment to film and moving images.

Classical approaches to the film image, to concepts such as “representation” and “spectatorship” are discussed, but also how these are expressed in film and video art. The emergence of alternative media platforms and viewing contexts requires a critical re-reading of classical spectator theory and related concepts.

"Film experience" is therefore presented as a theoretical framework where spectatorism is problematized beyond psychology and individual experience, to rather analyze film as socially and historically coded media culture, created cultural memory, interactive screen culture or media attraction.


Bachelor's course 30 ECTS credits in Cinema Studies or a bachelor's degree in humanities or social sciences major. Swedish Upper Secondary School course English B/English 6 or equivalent.

  • Course structure

    The course is thematic with a focus on conceptual examples, where theoretical questions about, for example, time, memory and mediation are explored in dialogue with both classic film history, digital media and contemporary art.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures and seminars as well as screenings of films and other media material.
    Film screenings and oral presentation of group work at seminars are compulsory elements of the course.
    Lectures and seminars are mandatory. Teaching is in English.


    For a passing grade on the course, the student must be able to:
    - clarify and analyze, both orally and in writing, central concepts and theory formation regarding course research fields;
    - translate the theories and methods of the current research area into an independent scientific work.

    The course is examined through an individual home examination and two individual written assignments.
    For more detailed information, please refer to the course description. The course description is available no later than one month before the start of the course.
    b. Grading is done according to a goal-related seven-point grading scale:
    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Sufficient
    Fx = Insufficient F = Completely insufficient
    c. The written grading criteria are communicated to the students at the start of the course. Announced goal-related grading criteria are binding.
    d. In order to receive a final grade on the course, a minimum grade of E is required on all examination assignments (according to a) and a met attendance requirement of 80%. The principles for weighing up the individual examination assignments are stated in the grading criteria.
    If there are special reasons, the examiner may grant the student exemption from the obligation to participate in certain compulsory teaching. The student may then be required to perform a written compensatory assignment determined by the examiner.
    e. For each course opportunity, at least two examination opportunities are offered.
    In the academic year in which a course opportunity is missing, at least one examination opportunity is offered. Students who have received the lowest grade E may not undergo a re-examination for higher grades. Students who have received the grade Fx or F on an examination twice in a row by one and the same examiner have the right to have another examiner appointed at the next examination, unless special reasons militate against it. Requests for this must be made to the department board.
    f. Supplementation can be allowed if the student is close to the limit for passing, ie received the grade Fx. Assignments must be submitted within two weeks after the need for completion has been announced by the examiner. For approved completion, the grades A-E are used.



  • 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.
  • Contact

    Student Affairs Office - Master Programme
    Student Counsellor Cinema Studies
    Exchange and Alumni Coordinator