KFL4060 – Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries

Course content


The course gives an introduction to gender equality in the Nordic context. It provides an overview of how the concept of gender equality has developed, and how it is implemented. The focus is on the period after the 1970s. Central themes in the course include:

  • Gender equality as a concept
  • Work-life balance
  • Nordic masculinities
  • Gender equality in an intersectional perspective
  • Gender equality and the military
  • Gender-based violence
  • Gender equality as nation branding

Learning outcome


  • Knowledge

    You shall acquire:

  • basic knowledge of the Nordic context
  • knowledge of concepts used in analyzing gender equality issues
  • knowledge of different conceptions of gender equality
  • knowledge of challenges and outcomes of gender equality in specific fields
  • Skills

    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
  • Competences

    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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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.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KFL2060 – Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries


The course is taught once per week, a three-hour combined lecture and seminar. The teaching includes lectures and student activities. The course leader, and some visiting lecturers, who are experts on their respective topics, will teach the classes. The students themselves will play an important role in integrating the components of the course through class discussions preceding and following each lecture, these discussions will be based off presentations given by student groups which will be put together by the course leader. Students are expected to have read the relevant literature prior to each seminar, and to have prepared notes for class discussion on the readings and the day’s topic. These discussions, and the combination of assignments, will encourage active learning and critical analyses.

The course-readings requirement is appr. 1000 pager (MA)


The course is graded on the basis of a final three day take-home exam on a given topic. In order to take the exam, students must have completed the following requirements:

  1. A mandatory written exercise
  2. A mandatory oral presentation, presented as part of a group-assignment
  3. Mandatory attendance at least 8 out of 11 times


The assignments are graded as pass/fail. The mandatory exercises must be approved before taking the final exam.

The final exam will consist of: A three-day take-home exam on a given topic. The assignment must have a length of  total 10 pages. (a standard page consists of 2300 characters), +/- 10% (not counting spaces) references and front page in addition).

Marking scale KFL4060

Examinations in Inspera

Previous exam assignments and grading guidelines

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

Resit an examination

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 07
Periodic evaluation 2010-12

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