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Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English B (intermediate level) (Specific entry requirements 6, exemption provided for Social Sciences A (basic level)).
General entry requirements (Specific entry requirements A6, exemption provided for basic level social sciences (equivalent of Swedish course Social Sciences 1b / 1a1+1a2)).

Selection: 1/3 on the basis of upper secondary school grades, 1/3 on the basis of the Swedish University Aptitude Test, 1/3 on the basis of previous university credits (Max. 165 credits may be taken into account)

This course is only open for exchange students.

Information about application for exchange students

  • SS19 week 14-18, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

Gender and Sexuality in Modern Sweden in a Historical Perspective

Course 7.5 credits

The course provides insights into how social norms regarding sexuality and gender have been defined and discussed in Sweden during the 20th century and to the present day. The focus is on three periods: the interwar period, the welfare state after the second world war and contemporary society. Social norms regarding men’s and women’s places in society, the definition and importance of the family, as well as the state's regulation of and intervention in areas of sexuality and reproduction, are discussed during the course.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2017

Course design

The course consists of lectures and seminars. There may be group assignments, to be presented to the class in group presentations. Attendance at all seminars is compulsory.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will be able to

  • identify and describe social norms regarding sexuality and gender in Sweden during the 20th century and to the present day
  • identify and describe how the Swedish state perceived and intervened in the area of sexuality and reproduction
  • discuss changes in how gender, sexuality and the family have been perceived and relate them to changes in Swedish society and politics
  • compare social norms and discussions regarding sexuality and gender in Sweden with discussions in other countries.


Examination will be in the form of active participation in seminars, active participation in group assignments, shorter written assignments and a written take-home essay.

Make-up work in the form of written assignments will be required for all missed seminars. However, students who are absent for more than 20% of the compulsory seminars are not considered to have participated adequately in the course, and will not receive a pass grade.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2017

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