KULT2208 - Gender and Norwegian Culture: Paradoxes of Equality 2


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

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

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 around 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, 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 negotiated? What choices and behaviours are labelled “gender equal” – or not? How are gender and equality understood in different Norwegian contexts? What similarities and differences between women and men and between Norwegians and its ‘ethnic others’ are regarded as most culturally significant? 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. In a globalised world, the multicultural society that Norway has become means that challenges to ideals and practices are taking on new forms. This interdisciplinary course will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: gender and parenthood, work, sport, religion, ethnicity and sexuality. It is intended for 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 (and ethnicity/Norwegianess) are produced in relation to understandings and practices of equality. Secondly, the students will gain an overview of theoretical concepts and analytical approaches central to Nordic cultural and gender studies.
Candidates who have completed this course will have knowledge of:
-the concept of equality in its historical Norwegian context
-the meanings of gender that underpin gender equality policies in the Norwegian welfare state and the paradoxes they may produce
-main trends in feminist and gender studies theory
-Gendered perspectives on the themes of sexual politics, reproduction, family life, diversity, working life, sport and religion in the Norwegian context
- contemporary challenges to the traditional models of equality.

Candidates who have completed 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 equality policies
-undertake a textual analysis and an oral presentation from a gender-theoretical perspective.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching is in the form of lectures, discussions, and group work. The compulsory written and oral exercises must be approved prior to the exam. There is a home exam (around 7 pages).

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment
  • Oral 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
KULT2207 7.5 2011-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A



Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A
  • * 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.