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National and Global Equality Policies: Goals and Instruments

The aim of this course is to identify and analyze the goals and problem constructions as well as the strategies and the tools that are embedded in gender equality policies and welfare state policies, seen in a comparative perspective.

Starting from research on equality policy in the Nordic countries, this course will widen the perspective towards the global scene. The interaction between discourse and policy will be studied at the national level as well as at the many new arenas of decisions-making at the continental (e.g. EU and AU) and the global level (e.g. UN, WTO and the World Bank). Within the framework of feminist theories of the state and theories about social movements facing globalization, we will also study the reactions from the women’s movements and other NGO’s and IGO’s to the new global challenges.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course is based on seminars.


    The course is examined by a take-home examination.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Course responsible teacher
    Lenita Freidenvall

    Student counsellor

    Student office