KULT3305 - Theories of gender, equality and diversity


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course provides a theoretical foundation for the other courses included in the master's degree programme. The course provides an introduction to gender equality and diversity studies by presenting theories of gender and gender in relation to other dimensions such as ethnicity, sexuality and class. The course includes literature from both social science and humanistic traditionsm. Main positions in the field of gender research is presented, with a particular emphasis on concepts of difference and sameness. The course also includes questions that have been essential within feminist and cultural critique of science.

The aim is to give students a broad theoretical basis for further in-depth studies in their own master's theses. Students will read original texts of established and contemporary theory, and work actively to develop an understanding of how theory can be applied in their own work, through the various phases of the master's thesis.

Learning outcome

The aim is to provide the students with a broad theoretical basis for further work of the master thesis.

Students taking this course will gain knowledge about:
- theoretical perspectives within the fields of cultural and gender research and significant theoretical positions within the fields
–various understandings of the concepts of gender equality and diversity.

Students taking this course will gain competency in:
-applying theory in their own writings
-recognizing different theoretical perspectives in academic texts
-giving account of these perspectives in both written and oral form.

Learning methods and activities

There is emphasis on practical work in identifying various theoretical positions, and to develop independent understandings of the various theoretical perspectives. This includes training in academic writing. The students will present text from the reading list orally in the class and in writing. Associated with the course there will also be seminars focused on developing ideas for the master theisis.
Assesment form: Home exam (essay 8-10 pages). Letter grades. To be allowed the right to take the final exam, the student must have passed two written assignments. As a supplement to the compulsory assignments, the students are offered supervision. This offer is due to restricted capacity, limited to students whose assignments have not yet been approved. Participation in the class is seen as an important part of course and the students have to attend at least 75% of the lectures. Students who do not fulfill the attendance requirement, can apply for a compensatory written assignment.

Compulsory assignments

  • Two exercises
  • At least 75 % class attendance

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

Completed bachelor's degree.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 10

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
  • Gender Research
  • Cultural History
  • 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

Release 2020-11-30

Submission 2020-12-07

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

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

Release 2021-05-07

Submission 2021-05-14

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

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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