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 currently practiced in the Nordic countries. The main focus is on the period after the 1970s, and themes that are taught relate gender equality to:

  • Work-life balance
  • Access to work, education and politics
  • Nordic gender equality in an intersectional perspective
  • Men and masculinities
  • Gender-based violence


Moreover, dilemmas and paradoxes concerning gender equality in the Nordic countries will be a central theme, as well as the attempt to answer questions as: What causes change and is there a Nordic model of gender equality?

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:

  • analyze 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 and politics
  • work in an independent, thorough and critical manner with central issues in research literature
  • understand the need to follow ethical norms in academic work


After completing the course you have:

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



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Recommended previous knowledge

General knowledge of feminist theory is recommended.


The course is taught once per week, a three-hour combined lecture and seminar. The teaching includes lectures and student activities. The course-reading requirement is appr. 700 pages. Participation is mandatory (80%).

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance


The course is graded on the basis of a final take-home exam.

In order to take the exam, students must have completed the following requirements:

- The mandatory participation requirement (80%).

- One mandatory written exercise on a topic decided by the teacher.

- One “DRIE” group exercise – which is a field work called “Observing Gender in Oslo”. DRIE stands for Describe, React, Interpret and Evaluate. The DRIE exercise shall be presented as a written document of 4 pages (if there are no pictures) and 8 (if there are pictures). The results of the field work should also be presented at the seminar.

- The written assignment 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

Examinations in Inspera

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

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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.

Grading guide Autumn 2018

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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