War and Peace on Film

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 2FK056

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Peace and Conflict Studies G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 9 May 2019
Responsible department
Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

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.