KULT6502 - Gender, Equality and Diversity


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Gender equality is often claimed as an important Norwegian value. In a multicultural society notions of gender and diversity are often debated in new and complex ways. Schools are important arenas where these debates are set into play, both within in and outside the classroom. Teachers are thus constantly experiencing situations where their knowledge and ability to reflect upon gender, equality and diversity is critical for their pupils’ pedagogical development and everyday life. The major themes of this course will be linked to contemporary societal debates concerning the Norwegian educational context. In the new teaching plan 2020, the themes of gender, equality, diversity and identity have gained in visibility and are explored in their relationship to overarching themes like democracy, citizenship and variations in identity. The purpose of this course is two-fold: 1) to equip educators in Norwegian schools (both primary, lower secondary and upper secondary schools) with the knowledge and awareness to more confidently teach and lead students in reflection on gender, equality, and diversity and 2) to reflect on inclusive teaching strategies that promote dialogue and constructive solutions.

Learning outcome


At the end of the course, the student demonstrates knowledge of:

  • relevant aspects and debates regarding gender, equality and diversity in contemporary Norway with a particular focus on the educational context
  • how to apply theoretical concepts and perspectives to the analysis of societal debates context related to gender, equality, and diversity, as well as professionals lived experiences of working in an education
  • how power and privilege is unequally distributed in the population and how this is related to differences such as gender, race / ethnicity / national background, religion, ability and the ways in which these intersect


At the end of the course, the student can:

  • identify and reflect in a disciplinary appropriate manner on widespread notions and taken-for-assumptions related to gender, race/ethnicity/nationality, sexuality, age and other categorizations
  • use theoretical concepts and analytical tools to analyze current societal debates where gender and diversity are at stake.
  • identify and conceptualize structural inequality and understand how it contributes to gender discrimination, racism and other forms of discrimination.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching takes the form of lectures, discussions and group exercises divided into two sessions, while other tasks are carried out individually or in groups. Preparation prior to each course meeting is expected. One assignment will be submitted during the semester. This assignment must obtain a ‘pass’ before the student is approved to sit for the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Written assignment with letter grades.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Equality and Diversity (ÅLIMA)

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, lower degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 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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