ISSHF4060 – Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries

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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
  • 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 like: What can explain change and is there a Nordic model of gender equality?

Learning outcome


You will acquire:

  • basic knowledge of the Nordic context
  • advanced knowledge of concepts used in analysing gender equality issues
  • advanced knowledge of different conceptions and theories of gender equality
  • advanced knowledge of challenges and outcomes of gender equality in specific fields
  • gender-sensitive perspective in other kinds of research


You will be able to:

  • analyse gender equality issues and to place them in societal and cultural contexts
  • discuss and evaluate historical processes of gender equality measures in the Nordic region
  • discuss and evaluate the status of gender equality in fields such as everyday life, education, working life, politics and ethnic relations
  • work in an independent, thorough and critical manner with central issues in research literature
  • understand the need to follow ethical norms in academic works


After completing the course you have:

  • acquired advanced insight into gender equality issues and processes in general, which can be used to analyse specific gender equality concerns
  • the ability to see, analyse and problematize gender in texts, practices and policies
  • obtained written and oral proficiency that provides a basis for contributing to sound public information and creative interventions in order to promote gender equality


If you would like to take this course, you must apply directly to the International Summer School.

Only students admitted to the course may take part in instruction.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

A completed Bachelor’s degree or a period of study comparable with a Norwegian Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution. Minimum academic requirements.

Applicants should have a related degree in social sciences, humanities, cultural studies and/or gender studies.

Recommended previous knowledge

Documented professional experience may also qualify applicants even though their academic background does not match the course profile.


The course consists of 25 lectures, 3 hours daily (10:15-13:00), Monday to Friday, for six weeks. Classroom sessions include lectures and group discussions, often based on comparative analysis. Field trips to institutions in Oslo are included.

Daily attendance is expected of all participants. Students must attend a minimum of 75% of the lectures in order 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:

- The mandatory participation requirement (75%).

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

The exam will consist of: A  take-home exam on a given topic. The exam must have a length of 10 pages, (2300 characters per page (not counting spaces) references in addition).

You can check your results and order transcripts in Studentweb three weeks after the exam.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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

Resit an examination

Candidates who have a re-scheduled or new examination are allowed take the next ordinary examination. Candidates who are re-sitting NORA exams can also re-sit the exam in the summer at the ISS exam. If you have successfully passed obligatory assignments, or other compulsory activities required before you are qualified to attend the exam, you need not re-sit these.

Only students with either valid absence (doctors note) or students who failed the exam can re-sit an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

A student can take the class and sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must submit the Course Change Request Form to the ISS Reception before the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam, which is the general rule at UiO.

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.


This course is offered in cooperation with the Centre for Gender Research at UiO.

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