KULT2207 - Gender and Norwegian Culture: Questions of Equality 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 2 days

Course content

Norway and the Nordic countries in general are considered models of gender equality. In Norway, gender equality is a central political value, and both images and expectations relating to gender equality shape the framework of many everyday negotiations. This course scratches below the surface of Norway's self-image as gender equal and asks how such an image is produced in society, and the extent to which this image has been challenged, and/or is changing. We explore questions such as: How is gender equality done in today's Norway? How is it constructed and negotiated in Norwegian institutions, in everyday life and in popular culture? What power structures and dynamics are involved in these negotiations? What paradoxes do they produce? Throughout this course, we will investigate this passion for equality associated with Norwegian culture and politics, but also the challenges which these egalitarian ideals bring to play. This interdisciplinary course will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: family, reproduction, sexuality, education and working life. The topics will be explored with reference to gender studies theories, empirical texts, and items of popular culture. The course is open to both international exchange students and Norwegian students. The lectures are in English.

Learning outcome

The course has two main objectives. First, the students will gain concrete knowledge and general understanding of how the cultural significance of gender in Norway is produced in relation to understandings and practices of equality, and the power structures and dynamics that subtend them. Secondly, the students will gain an understanding of some theoretical concepts and analytical approaches pertaining to Nordic cultural and gender studies.

Candidates who have completed this course, will have knowledge of:

  • some trends in feminist and gender studies theory
  • the concept of equality in its historical and contemporary Norwegian context
  • the meanings of gender that underpin gender equality in institutional, everyday and popular culture contexts and the paradoxes they may produce
  • gendered perspectives on the themes of family, reproduction, sexuality, education, working life in the Norwegian contexts.

Candidate who have completed this course, have the skills to:

  • identify social, cultural and political constructions of gender equality
  • identify paradoxical aspects of the Norwegian equality policies and practices
  • perform a close reading of a cultural text from a gender-studies theoretical perspective.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching is in the form of lectures, discussions, and group work. The compulsory written exercise must be approved prior to the exam. Home exam. Letter grades. Written work can be submitted in English or Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Home exam. Letter grades. This can be submitted in English or Norwegian.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be given at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KULT2208 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
  • Gender Research
  • Social Studies
  • Social Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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