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Gender division in sociology degree programmes - causes and effects?
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Center for Social Analysis (CESAM), Social Change, Learning and Social Relations (SLSR), The Learning and Educational Relations (SOLUR).
2009 (English)In: Journal of Further and Higher Education, ISSN 0309-877X, E-ISSN 0013-1326, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 449-461Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In spite of engagement and efforts to bring about gender equality in Swedish universities, gender division paradoxically appears in both old and new degree programs and academic disciplines. In recent years there has been a tendency for higher education students to enrol in degree programmes rather than in single subject courses. Due to the decreasing number of students taking subjects like sociology, Halmstad University College has constructed a degree programme, Sociologi och socialt utvecklingsarbete [Sociology and social development], focused on community development and social action; sociology is the main specific subject here. In the autumn of 2007, 95% of the 61 students were female, compared to the 75% of female students in sociology degree courses that Sweden has had in the past seven years. The problem of skewed gender representation in sociology is discussed here, and its consequences for educational practices in sociology as well as for the contents and status of the discipline in the future.

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London: Routledge , 2009. Vol. 33, no 4, p. 449-461
Keywords [en]
sociology, gender division, choice of education, gendered habitus
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-2972DOI: 10.1080/03098770903272529Local ID: 2082/3375OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-2972DiVA, id: diva2:240190
Available from: 2009-09-17 Created: 2009-09-17 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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