KFL2060 – Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
- Autumn 2017
- Spring 2017
- Autumn 2016
- Spring 2016
- Autumn 2015
- Spring 2015
- Autumn 2014
- Spring 2014
- Autumn 2013
- Spring 2013
- Autumn 2012
- Spring 2012
- Autumn 2011
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?
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%).
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).
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Use of sources and citation
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
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.