FILM2201 - Documentary


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 6 days

Course content

FILM2201 is an undergraduate course in film studies dedicated to the history and development of documentary film.

Learning outcome


Upon successful completion of the course the student has knowledge of :

  • the history of documentary film.
  • different modes of documentary film.
  • key concepts in documentary film theory.
  • the distinctive features of the documentary and its forms of communication.
  • key issues in the documentary film's relation to concepts like truth and objectivity.


Upon successful completion of the course the student knows how to:

  • discuss the development of the most prominent periods in the history of documentary film.
  • discuss the most important concepts in documentary film theory.
  • accomplish an academic analysis of a documentary film.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, screenings and seminars, including supervised training in practice-based exercises. Students are required to attend 80% of the seminars. Teaching is conducted in English as well as Norwegian. Students are required to stay updated on information from the department or course director via Blackboard.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group work
  • 80 % Seminar attendance
  • Written assignments

Further on evaluation

The final assessment consists of a 6-day homeexam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The course reading list is about 1200 pages, plus the screened full-length films, programs and series episodes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FILM2001 15.0 AUTUMN 2021
FVP2004 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Film Studies
  • Film and Video Production
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





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Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
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