KFL2060 – Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries

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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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 presentations on a topic decided by the teacher. Written versions of both presentations must be submitted on Fronter.​
- 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, (450 words per page total  3600 +/- 10% (not counting spaces) references and front page in addition).

Marking scale KFL2060

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

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

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic evaluation 06 07
Periodisk evaluering 10-12

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