Equality and Diversity

Course: CRD 17

Instructor: Guðrún Sif Friðriksdóttir and Milica Minic

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

In this course students will be introduced to basic concepts and approaches relevant to gender equality that are used in governance and development. Students will be able to hone their skills, and gain a deeper understanding of how gender and social diversity play out in all aspects of everyday life, and what implications they have for rural and coastal communities. Adding a “human component” in order to have a more complex understanding of the coastal/marine space is crucial for sustainability of various policy interventions and solutions. Understanding gender regimes, various identity intersections, and human security - and discussing the ways to analyze them - will be a focal point of our two-week module.

Through a combination of readings, lectures, in-depth class discussion, exercises and continuous work on a class assignment, students will explore gendered, and other social differentiations of coastal space and its resources, and how these produce a differential impact. Students will be encouraged to consider what role individuals, institutions, leaders, and others play in maintaining and changing ideas of gender and social diversity, and will discuss strategies for social change. A specialist in the field of engaging men in gender equality and combating violence against women will visit the class and present their work as a case study in policy advocacy.


[mynd 1 v t]Guðrún Sif Friðriksdóttir has been involved with gender work for the last 15 years. After completing her MA degree, she worked for UN Women in Liberia, South Sudan, and Laos. There, her work focused primarily on women’s role in peacebuilding and supporting women in their battle against violence against women. After 5 years of UN work, Guðrún commenced her PhD studies in Social Anthropology at the University of Iceland with the aim to research the role of masculinity in the reintegration process of male ex-combatants in Burundi. She defended her PhD in 2019 and now works at RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference at the University of Iceland.

[mynd 2 v t]Milica Minic is a specialist and researcher in the field of gender and development. She holds an MA degree in Critical Gender Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, and an MA in Arts and Culture from the University of Utrecht. She is a practitioner with over twenty years of experience in the field of gender equality, ranging from work in women’s grassroots organizations and initiatives, to international development agencies and the UN. Her work focused on direct activism, citizen mobilization, policy analysis and advocacy, and gender mainstreaming. In Iceland, her work with the Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GEST) included academic coordination, teaching and supervision, as well as overseeing portfolios related to short course formation, international cooperation, management of the post-conflict reconstruction programme in the Western Balkans, and access to rights for women with disabilities in Uganda. She is currently doing her PhD with the focus on accountability and meaningful dialogue between the state and social movements.