Gender Equal and Happy? Exploring Gender Roles in Scandinavia

Summer 2016
May 16 - May 28, 2016

Program Highlights

    • Visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.
    • Visit famous universities and gender studies departments: interact with your peers to learn about different cultural norms from them. Participate in discussions with professors. Visit nonprofits to learn about their roles in influencing government gender policies. 
    • Visit famous spots like the Djurgarden and the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, the Little Mermaid and the Christianborg Castle in Copenhagen, the Viking Museum in Oslo and take the famous Golden Circle tour in Iceland.
    • Use ferries, flights and trains to travel between the cities and find plenty of opportunity to learn and absorb the cultural differences which make Scandinavia a unique part of the world and yet each country remains distinct. 

Program Description

Spend 12 days in Stockholm and neighboring cities, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark, Oslo, Norway, and finally Reykjavik, Iceland, interacting with locals ranging from activists and non-profit workers to students, visiting organizations and academic institutions, touring museums and famous landmarks, and of course basking in the glorious natural beauty of these countries while absorbing, understanding and reflecting on the role played by cultural norms in advancing gender equality, one of the cornerstones to the success of these countries. 

The refreshing and breathtaking Scandinavian landscapes combined with egalitarian perspectives on human development make this an ideal destination to learn about cultures which have supported and enacted some of the most powerful legislations to transform gender roles and foster a more equal society. Not surprisingly, countries in this region are ranked among the happiest in the world. 

Course Description

This course will begin in Spring 2016. Participants will be required to attend several pre-orientation sessions in order to read and participate in discussions which will help them understand the social and political culture of the countries we will visit. The required readings and reflections will prepare us for the trip and help us to understand the cultural basis of gender roles in the different countries. Most teaching will therefore happen in Spring 2016 at CSB/SJU. Interviews and interactions in the countries we visit will help fortify and evaluate what we study in Spring and form the basis of more reflection assignments in Summer. Students will also be expected to write a reflection paper based on comparing gender roles in Scandinavia and the United States, towards the completion of course requirements.

Students will enroll in a  2 credit gender course 2 (GEND 180) which will also fulfill the Intercultural Competence (IC) and/or Gender (GE) requirements of the Common Curriculum (GE is pending approval).

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $4,850 plus the cost of 2 CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $525 per credit).

This price includes:

  • Round trip airfare from MSP
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hotel accommodations in great hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Roundtrip tickets for train travel within Sweden and from Sweden to Denmark
  • A 24-hour Stockholm City Card, 48-hour Copenhagen City Card, 24-hour Oslo City Card good for local transportation to our destinations of choice, entrance to museums and exhibits
  • Tickets for sightseeing in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo
  • Ferry tickets (with dinner) from Copenhagen to Oslo
  • Flight tickets from Oslo to Reykjavik
  • Guided bus tour of the Golden Circle, Iceland

 The Program Fee does not include:

  • 2 meals additional meals per day
  • Spending Money
  • Cost of 2 CSB/SJU credits (approximately $525 per credit)


We will be staying  in comfortable hotels in the various cities we visit. Breakfast is included at each hotel that we stay at.


Sucharita Mukherjee will be directing this program to Scandinavia. Sucharita is an Economics Professor who has led the semester long study-abroad program to India as well as this program in 2014.