Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

The Golden Age of Yiddish Cinema: An Introduction to Jewish Culture


Course code: YIDB22
Swedish title: Jiddischfilmens guldålder: En introduktion till judisk kultur
ECTS credits: 15


NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below is about spring 2020.

Study period: spring 2020
Study period: 2020-01-20 – 2020-06-07
Eligibility: General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: Civics 1b/1a1+1a2, English 6.

Type of studies: part time, day
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-E5611

Type of studies: part time, distance course
Language of instruction: Swedish
Application code: LU-75111

Introductory meeting: 2020-01-30 at 15.15 – 18.00: SOL:A339


The course is normally taught in English, but can also be taught in Swedish, provided there is a special agreement between the lecturer/s and the students. Such an agreement requires that all lecturers and all students are proficient in Swedish.


Nine Yiddish films are screened during the course. The films selected are from the golden age of Yiddish film which took place in the first half of the 20th century and are used as a starting point for an introductory discussion of some important currents of modern Yiddish culture in Central and Eastern Europe, the USA and the Soviet Union.

The main aim of the course is to demonstrate how the films shape important themes within modern Jewish culture: homelessness, emigration, dissolution of family traditions and secularisation. All the films screened have subtitles in English. 

The course uses so called blended learning, which allows students to take part either in the classroom or from a distance by use of digital video technique (Zoom).

Important dates – Spring semester 2020

First Admission Round / Internationell ansökningsomgång

Day Lund, part time 50%
In English
January 20, 2020 – June 7, 2020

Closed for applications

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid distans Lund, halvfart 50%
In Swedish
20 januari 2020 – 7 juni 2020

Stängd för anmälan

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full course tuition fee: SEK 25 000
First payment: SEK 25 000
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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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