KULT1120 - Migration and multicultural societies: Ethnicity, gender and sexuality


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 ALLE

Course content

In this course you will be introduced to the central themes, debates, issues, and theories related to global migration and multicultural societies, with a special focus on perspectives on ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Norway today is characterized by global migration streams that have contributed to making society more distinctly multicultural, with a diversity of cultural expressions, themes of debates, new voices participating in these debates, conflicts around norms and values particularly concerning religion, race, gender and sexuality. Questions that will be pursued throughout the course include: Is migration gendered and if so; what does this mean? What does racial difference signify in a Norwegian context? Is today’s Norway characterized by discrimination and racism? Can we speak about Muslim feminism in today’s Norway? How are understandings of homosexuality expressed in the processing of asylum applications in Norway? Are there commonalities in the experiences of indigenous peoples and immigrants when it comes to gender and sexuality?
The course focuses on modern Norwegian migration history and provides knowledge of various facets of Norway as a multicultural society, as well as current research in this field.
The course is part of the one-year programme Equality and Diversity.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have completed this course will have knowledge of:
- theories of international migration and multicultural societies
- central concepts such as migration, multiculturalism, transnationalism, discrimination, racism, intersectionality, minoritization and othering
- Norway as a multicultural society
- Different perspectives on the relationships between migration and ethnicity, gender and sexuality
Candidates who have completed this course will have the skills to:
- Recognize theoretical perspectives used to discuss different issues related to migration and multicultural societies
- Describe and understand how ethnicity, gender and sexuality affect migration streams, migration policies and migrants’ experiences
- Reflect critically on the position of gender equality in debates concerning Norwegian multicultural society

Learning methods and activities

Teaching will be in the form of lectures and group exercises. Group work and active student participation will be emphasized. There will be two compulsory assignments. The assignments must be approved prior to the exam. There is a home exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 excercises

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.

Course materials

Will be given at the start of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 6

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Gender Research
  • The Humanities
  • Social Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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