KFL4050 – Theorising gender equality

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Course content

Gender equality is an important factor in social change today. This course presents theories and perspectives on gender equality and inequality, including Norwegian and Nordic contributions in this area.

Starting from current advances, problems and setbacks, the course shows how the uneven development of gender equality can be interpreted from different theoretical positions. This includes structure-, action- and discourse-oriented theories of gender inequality, problematisation and critique of these theories, different conceptions of gender equality, equity and equal worth, justice and citizenship issues, and links between theoretical positions and change strategies.

The course has three main parts: theories of gender equality and inequality, extensions and critiques, and change strategies.

Learning outcome

The main aim is to give students (Norwegian and foreign) the capacity to function as critical expertise, beyond an applied level, regarding gender equality and inequality issues.
Learning outcomes:

  • Students will become familiar with different perspectives and theories regarding gender equality and inequality, including structural and poststructural approaches.
  • Students will be able to analyse different gender equality policies, for example, gender mainstreaming policies, ‘state feminism’ and welfare strategies.
  • Students will learn to distinguish and relate structural, poststructural, actor-oriented and discourse-oriented perspectives on gender equality, including intersectional approaches and links to other forms of social equality.
  • Students will be able to handle theoretical topics both orally and in written form, at a level appropriate for Master students.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Right to study at the Master´s level. For international applicants: For further information about admission requirements and admission procedures for international applicants, please see our website admission to the University of Oslo.

Recommended previous knowledge

General knowledge of feminist theory is recommended. (for instance KFL1010 and KFL1020) or similar knowledge.


The course consists of 12 classes of 2 hours of teaching during the autumn semester. The teaching includes lectures and student activities. 



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

  • One mandatory oral presentation.
  • The presentation must be approved.

The exam will consist of: A three day take-home exam on a given topic.  The assignment must have a length of 10 pages, (450 words per page total 4500 words +/- 10% (not counting spaces) references and front page in addition).

Examinations 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.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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Every autumn


Every autumn

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