KFL2060 - Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries
The Nordic welfare states are internationally recognised as pioneers of gender equality. Why is it so? Early on women gained the right to vote in these states. By the 1970s, when gender equality once again was placed on the international agenda, the women’s movement and the state authorities in the Nordic countries became promoters of gender equality, both nationally and internationally. Hereafter measures to increase gender equality are carried out both by means of general policies designed to reconcile labour market participation and family life, as well as through specific gender equality measures. Even though the Nordic countries from the outside may appear homogenous, there are also considerable differences in the level of gender equality and in existing national arrangements.
This course focuses on gender equality, as this is perceived and pursued in the Nordic countries. The course provides an overview of the significance of gender in this context, with a special focus on gender equality issues in the Nordic countries.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- reflect upon central questions of gender policy and theory
- recognise different conceptions of gender equality
- discuss historical processes of gender equality measures in the Nordic region
- critically discuss arrangements concerning reconciliation og work and family
- discuss the status of gender equality in fields such as everyday life, education, working life, politics and ethnic relations
- see, analyse and problematise gender in texts, practices and policies.
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Recommended previous knowledge
General knowledge of feminist theory is recommended.
The course consists of 8 weeks: 8 times two-hour lectures and 7 times two-hour seminars. The teaching includes lectures and student activities. The course reading requirement is appr. 800 pages. Participation is mandatory (80 %).
In order to take the exam, students must have completed the following requirements:
- The mandatory participation requirement (11 out of 15 classes).
- Two mandatory oral presentations on a topic decided by the teacher. One is a presentation of a text, the other is an oppsition to the same text. 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
The exam will consist of: A three day take-home exam on a given topic. The exam must have a length of min. 6 and max. 8 pages, (2300 characters per page (not counting spaces) references in addition).
Language of examination
Language of examination: English
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
You may request an explanation of your grades, and you may also appeal against your grades or make a complaint about formal examination errors. Read more about 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.
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