Gender & Sexuality Studies
Well known for its progressive norms and policies, Sweden is a unique place to study the challenges, ideas, and dilemmas of core topics within gender, equality, and sexuality.
- Explore the implications and challenges of living in a country with the world’s first self-proclaimed feminist government where ‘gender mainstreaming’ policies are highest on the agenda
- Visit with Swedish families raising their children in a gender-neutral manner and reflect on your own gendered upbringing
- Travel with your classmates and faculty on course-integrated study tours to examine how constructions of gender and sexuality intersect with ethnicity, race, class, religion, and (dis-)ability in Europe
This program is right for you if you study gender studies, women’s studies, anthropology, sociology, human rights, or if you are interested in how gender norms and identities are constructed.
Gender, Equality, and Sexuality in Scandinavia
Fall/Spring, 3 Credits
Sweden is the most gender equal country in the world, and legalized prostitution, generous parental leave, a high number of women in leadership positions, progressive sex education, and equal rights for homosexuals are among the hallmarks of Scandinavian societies. However, good intentions do not always translate into intended outcomes. With a comparative look to neighboring countries in Europe, this course explores how concepts of gender, body, sexuality, and race intersect in current debates about changing family structures, children’s rights, and new ethical dilemmas in a changing Scandinavia.
Week-Long Study Tour: Berlin
Core Course Week: Study tour within Sweden + a two-day seminar in Stockholm