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KULT2208 - Gender and Norwegian Culture: Paradoxes of Equality 2

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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 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 represented in popular culture, 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, masculinity, religion, adoption and sport. The topics will be explored with reference to gender studies theories, empirical texts, and items of popular culture, such as film, documentaries and TV programs. 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 overview of the central theoretical concepts and analytical approaches in Nordic cultural and gender studies.

Candidates who have completed this course will have knowledge of:
- central concepts in feminist and gender studies
- the main 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, masculinity, religion, adoption and sport in the Norwegian context.

Candidate who have completed this course have the skills to:
-critically reflect on social, cultural and political constructions of gender equality
-identify paradoxical aspects of the Norwegian equality policies and practices
- perform a critical analysis 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 and oral exercises must be approved prior to the exam. There is a home exam (around 7 pages).

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation
  • Written assignment

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

None

Course materials

Will be given at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KULT2207 7.5 01.09.2011
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Facts

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II

Coursework

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Gender Research
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture

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Examination

Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A

Release 2019-11-18

Submission 2019-11-25

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

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

Release 2020-05-22

Submission 2020-05-29

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

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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