Syllabus for War and Peace on Film

Krig och fred på film


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FK056
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Peace and Conflict Studies G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2018-10-22
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-05-09
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Learning outcomes

After completion of this course, the student is expected to demonstrate:

  • the ability to account for some of the central concepts and theoretical approaches in peace and conflict research
  • the ability to apply central concepts within peace and conflict research and theoretical approaches to empirical material, such as films and texts
  • the ability to analyse film from a peace and conflict research perspective
  • the ability to independently write an academic course paper within a given time frame, applying theoretical concepts and approaches from peace and conflict research
  • the ability to independently discuss and criticize peace and conflict-related concepts and theoretical approaches


The aim of the course is to introduce a selection of central and important themes within peace and conflict research, through the use of films depicting the multifaced nature of war, violence, and peace. All films relate to central themes, concepts, and theoretical approaches within the broad sphere of peace and conflict research. These themes are further highlighted and grounded in research through the reading and critical discussion of academic texts that relate to the themes portrayed in the films. Note that this is not a course in cinematography, or the arts, but a social science course. The course does not focus on film as an artistic piece of work, and no examination of these aspects is conducted. The course consists of one module, divided into different themes. For each theme we will watch films (in class and independently) read associated texts and hold seminars discussing the films and text.


The main instruction is given in the form of (compulsory) seminars, but also in lectures. The language of instruction is English. Assignments and examinations can be written either in English or Swedish.


The students are assessed on their ability to demonstrate analytical skills.

Students are examined through a written course paper (individual) and compulsory seminars.

Two grades are given: G (pass) and U (fail).

Two examination opportunities are given for each course period.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Articles and other materials will be added.