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KFL2060 - Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to the Nordic context and an overview of how the concept and implementation of gender equality has developed and is practiced in the Nordic countries since 1900. The main focus is on the period after the 1970s. Themes that are taught relate gender equality to representation in positions of power, work and money, family life, education and ethnic relations. Processes and agents contributing to the recent situation will also be discussed.

Learning outcome


You shall acquire:

  • basic knowledge of the Nordic context
  • knowledge of concepts used in analysing gender equality issues
  • knowledge of different conceptions of gender equality
  • knowledge of challenges and outcomes of gender equality in specific fields


You will be able to:

  • analyse gender equality issues and to place them in societal and cultural contexts
  • discuss historical processes of gender equality measures in the Nordic region
  • discuss the status of gender equality in fields such as everyday life, education, working life, politics and ethnic relations
  • work in an independent, thorough and critical manner with central issues, research literature and empirical studies
  • understand the need to follow ethical norms.


After completing the course you have:

  • acquired insight into gender equality issues and processes in general, which can be used to analyse specific gender equality problematics
  • the ability to see, analyse and problematize gender in texts, practices and policies



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International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

General knowledge of feminist theory is recommended.


The course is taught twice per week with two-hour lectures and two-hour seminars. The teaching includes lectures and student activities. The course-reading requirement is appr. 700 pages. Participation is mandatory (80%).


In order to take the exam, students must have completed the following requirements:
- The mandatory participation requirement (80%).
- Two mandatory oral presentations on a topic decided by the teacher. Written versions of both presentations must be submitted on Fronter before the presentations are given in class.​
- One “DRIE” group exercise. DRIE stands for Describe, React, Interpret and Evaluate. The exercise is organised by the teacher. The DRIE exercise shall be presented as a written document of 4 pages if there are no pictures and 8 if there are pictures and presented at the seminar.
- The two presentations and the DRIE exercise should be approved before taking the exam.

The exam will consist of: A three-day take-home exam on a given topic. The exam must have a length of 8 pages, (2300 characters per page (not counting spaces) references in addition).

Language of examination

Language of examination: English

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

A student may sit this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.

Special examination arrangements

If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.


Feedback from our students is essential to us in our efforts to ensure and further improve the high quality of our programmes and courses. All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students on a particular course to participate in a more comprehensive, periodic evaluation of this course.

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