KULT2207 - Gender and Norwegian Culture: Paradoxes of Equality I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

This course offers in depth cultural analyses of issues concerning gender and equality in Norwegian society. The main focus is on everyday life enactments and cultural constructions of gender. Some questions addressed in the lectures are: How is gender understood in various contexts in Norway? What is culturally regarded as the important similarities and differences between women and men, between Norwegians and ‘others’?
Equality is a core concept and an important value in Norway, a value that is emphasized both in politics and in everyday cultural life. Throughout this course we will investigate this ‘passion for equality’ as a trait of Norwegian culture and politics, and we will also discuss and question the actual concept of equality and its challenges. These challenges appear both at the intersections with a globalised world, and within a multicultural Norway. The course is interdisciplinary and will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: gender related to parenthood, division of work, ethnicity and sexuality.
The course is intended for both international exchange students and Norwegian students. The lectures are in English.

Learning outcome

The main objectives of this course are twofold: Firstly, the students will achieve an understanding of the cultural significance of gender and gender equality as enacted in Norwegian and Nordic society. Secondly, the students will be provided with an overview of some theoretical concepts and analytical approaches that are central within Nordic gender studies.

Candidates with this course have knowledge of:
-the concept of equality in its historical context in Norway
-the meanings of gender that underpin policies for the achievement of gender equality in the Norwegian welfare state and the paradoxes they may produce
-main trends in feminist and gender studies theory
-Norwegian working, domestic and sexual-reproductive political and religious life from a gender-centered perspective
-contemporary challenges to the traditional model of equality

Candidates with this course have the skills to:
-identify social, cultural, political and legislative developments relating to gender and equality in key areas of Norwegian life
-identify paradoxical aspects of the Norwegian welfare state policies
-undertake a textual analysis from a gender-theoretical perspective

Learning methods and activities

There will be lectures, and students are expected to participate in other classroom activities. There is a copulsory written exercise which must be approved prior to the exam.
4-hour school exam (written). Letter grades.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written presentation

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be given at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KULT2208 7.5 2011-09-01



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn Written examination 100/100 C 2016-12-16 09:00 Datasal 10349 , DL31
Spring Written examination 100/100 C 2017-06-08 09:00
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.