Equality and Diversity

Elective Course | 4 ECTS | Námskeið: CRD 17

Kennari: Milica Minić

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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.


Milica Minić 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. 


The course examines social diversity and equality related issues in coastal and remote communities. The emphasis is on changing gender relations, intensified international mobility, as well as ageism and gentrification. Students will also learn about marginalized groups as well as aspects of exclusion and social discrimination in relation to empowerment and community development.

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can explain perspectives and challenges regarding social diversity in coastal and remote communities.
  • has an understanding of intensified international mobility in a context of globalisation and remote and rural areas.
  • has the ability to relate equality and social diversity in rural and remote regions to dynamic (changing) systems.
  • can participate in and lead group discussions about social diversity and equality in coastal and remote communities.
  • has the ability to develop a small-scale research project regarding solutions or improvements regarding equality and diversity in coastal and remote communities.