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 how it is implemented.  The main focus is on the period after the 1970s. Central themes in the course include:

  • Gender equality as a concept
  • Work-life balance
  • Access the public sphere
  • Nordic masculinities
  • Gender equality as nation branding
  • Gender equality at the military
  • Gender based violence

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 two -hour combined lecture and seminar. The teaching includes lectures and student activities. The course-reading requirement is appr. 900 pages. 

The weekly courses will be a combination of digital lectures and live Zoom meetings. This is a teaching format which has been adapted to the Covid-19 situation for the 2020 fall semester. You will have a mid-term writing assignment which you need to pass in order to be able to take the final exam.


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:

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

- - The written assignment shall be approved before taking the final exam. This assignment will be graded pass/fail.

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

Marking scale KFL4060

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 07
Periodic evaluation 2010-12

Facts about this course






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