SOS4904 – Family, work and welfare in late modernity
This course explores issues related to the reconciliation of family life with paid work, in Scandinavia, as well as in other modern societies. Attention will be paid to structural changes in the family such as fertility patterns, the dual provider model, cohabitation and single parenting. The course will address how housework is divided and how child care is organised. The theory taught will emphasize perspectives related to gender and modernity.
Students are expected to gain a theoretical understanding of transformations related to family-work reconciliation, as well as a bearing on changes to modern childhood.
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Recommended previous knowledge
Admission to the master program or 2-3 years of completed studies in the social sciences.
Seminars in which lectures and student activity are combined. The course is designed for both Norwegian students and students on exchange programmes or bilateral agreements. When students from abroad participate teching will be given in English. Papers may be written either in English or in Norwegian.
A 4-hour written examination and an essay on a topic from the course. The written examination constitutes 60% of the final grade, and the course paper 40%. The ECTS grading scale (A-F) will be used. Guidelines for the term paper
The written exam in sociology normally consists of two parts. In part 1, the student defines/discusses three out of four concepts provided. The first part counts as 1/3 of the final grade. Part 2 is an essay for which the student chooses between two options provided. This part counts as 2/3 of the final grade.
Explanations and appeals
This course has been arranged primarily for exchange students, and will be taught only if there are exchange students who wish to take it. If the course is taught as planned, it will also be open to MA students in sociology as a theory specialization course.