This course is discontinued

PED1620 – Gender and Higher Education in a Comparative Perspective

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course contains:

  • an overview of the history of the gender structure in higher education in a comparative perspective from its earliest development to the present
  • the effect of globalization on gender inequalities in higher education
  • Women’s Studies as a field and its contribution to science; various theories in analyzing the field and different methodologies used to analyze case studies of one country or several counties.

Learning outcome

  • The course offers heightened insight into historical and current trends in relation to gender in higher education.
  • The course aims at developing competence to work in several areas as an equality expert on the level of higher education, international organizations and in research.
  • The course gives competence in handling statistical data in the field.

More generally, students should receive training in writing scientific papers, analytical thinking and argumentation.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

You cannot follow and complete the requirements in this subject unless you have applied and been offered a place in the course. For more information, see Exam information.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


Combination of lectures and seminar.

Oral presentation by students and supervision of papers.

Students are expected to participate in the seminars.

Students will be offered academic supervision for course requirements.


Requirements (obligatory components):

The students are required to write a paper of 5-8 pages.

Students are expected to participate in the seminars.

The deadlines for requirements will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

You will need to be enrolled in the course in order to complete the course requirements.

All requirements have to be fullfilled the same semester.


The requirements are to be submitted within deadline.

Language of examination

The language of examination is 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

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.


Min. 5, max. 30 students.

Facts about this course




Fra og med høstsemesteret 2008 vil dette emnet ikke tilbys. Emnet erstattes helt med PED2620.


Autumn 2008

Spring 2007

Normally every third semester.

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