Master's programme in Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

In societies familiar to ours, gender is an important form of sorting and grading men and women. Gender differences may appear natural and obvious. However, gender differences is dependent on culture and society, as well as the contemporary history in which it was carried out. In our modern contemporary society gender relations are currently undergoing rapid changes and developments.

The programme provides students with knowledge of cultural analyses and competence in understanding socio-cultural changes in a gender-analytical perspective. We emphasize the understanding of the relation between gender, ethnicity and sexuality. These categories are important cultural instruments of information. At the same time, gender relations in society are rapidly changing, and the following negotiations on the significance of gender, ethnicity and sexuality are continuous. This master's programme provides competence in analysing these changes in present society.

Along these lines, the master's programme engages in cultural changes as a foundation for posing new questions in topics related to gender, ethnicity, sexuality, technology, science and knowledge.

Social negotiations and the concept of power in particular are attached to this gendered and sexual field of life. These cultural regimes cover a broad range from mildly corrective to fatal. It is therefore important to study the conditions that determine how gender surrounds and enters into power, such as politics, welfare and humanism.

Students will develop their competence in understanding socio-cultural change in a gender-analytical perspective and to analyze the changes in how genders are distinguished.

This programme is suitable for those who:

  • question established truths
  • do not have a presupposed conception of what gender is
  • are preoccupied with theory or the use of theory on empirical data.

Through this study you will acquire competence within a field which is relevant throughout your professional life.

The programme is taught in Norwegian.