Gender, Equality, and Sexuality in ScandinaviaSemester Course

Gender & Sexuality Studies
Week-Long Study Tour
Core Course Week Study Tour
Major Discipline(s)
Anthropology, Gender Studies, Sociology
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

Sweden is the most gender equal country in the world and paid parental leave for all parents, a high number of women in leadership positions, progressive sex education, and equal rights for LGBTQIA+ persons are among the hallmarks of all Scandinavian societies. However, Sweden also has the most gender-divided workplace in the world and gender equal policies do not automatically lead to gender equal behaviors. 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 Scandinavia.


Catalyst McIlroy

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MSc in Equality Studies (University College Dublin, 2008). Trans activist and educator, engaged in LGBTQ activism in Ireland and Europe since 2007, as former Co-Chair of Transgender Europe (TGEU) and Co-ordinator of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). Currently Chairperson of Trans Fest Stockholm, a community collective celebrating trans and gender-diverse visibility, culture and community. With DIS since 2017.