Gender and Gender Structures: Changes and Stability in Institutions, Policies and Practices, 7.5 credits

About the education

The social construction of gender influence and structure women’s and men’s lives, it shapes their everyday experiences and the strategies they choose. Choices and constraints are mediated by gendered institutions, norms and policies. In this course, we try to disentangle how these experiences and choices are shaped by different institutional settings and sites in which gender relations are being renegotiated—in families, workplaces, in organizations and professions, in local/ national and political venues. How are gender relations being transformed by changing policies and discourses on gender equality and gender equity? To what extent are these changes producing differences among groups of men and women by age, ethnicity, religion, class, sexualities? These are issues that will be discussed in class.

The purpose of the course is to provide theoretical and empirical tools to assess the continuities and discontinuities in gender relations in advanced industrialized societies. The course aims to extend the knowledge base of gender in the social sciences; building upon the new research that recognizes gender as a dynamic and contested research terrain across different sites and within diverse groups. The course readings and lectures will reflect upon and engage with these perspectives. The course will include a range of lecturers with different expertise in different spheres of doing gender: work, family, politics, sexualities, and ethnic/gender tensions. The course will focus on both lived experiences (how men and women do gender) as well as how actors in different arenas frame and apply gender.

Subject: Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of the origin, development, organization, and functions of human societies, comprising everything from studies of close-knit social relations to the cultural and formal institutions of society. Sociology contributes knowledge of how peoples´ working conditions and health are affected by organizational structures, or how identities and groups are shaped by religion, ethnicity, and gender, creating social communities as well as social conflicts. Sociology also contributes to the understanding of how individual lives are affected by gender, social background and ethnicity.

Hence, studies in sociology provide you with theoretical and methodological tools to better understand society and the social contexts of which you are a part. Studies in sociology also enrich and complement other social science studies such as criminology, economics, psychology, and political science, as well as other fields such as technology, medicine, philosophy and law.

Labour market

Sociologists have a broad labour market both within the private and the public sector. A sociological education will help you develop analytical skills in the form of theory as well as both quantitative and qualitative research methods .Analytical skills that will make you able to investigate social issues, and to assess, evaluate and perform surveys on social phenomena. You can specialize in different areas such as labour market, organizations, migration, demography, health, gender, or family.


To obtain a Bachelor´s degree in Sociology you can either take single subject courses in sociology of 90 HEC combined with 90 HEC in other subjects, or take one of the following Bachelor´s programmes:

Bachelor´s programme in applied social research

Bachelor´s programme in sociology: Working life and labour market

Bachelor´s programme in personnel, work and organization

The Department of Sociology offers second level studies in both sociology and demography in the form of Master´s programmes, or single subject courses that can be used in a degree in another subject. With a Bachelor´s degree and 60 HEC of second level courses you are eligible for doctoral studies in sociology or sociological demography.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Sociology