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Many questions concerning the integration of gender equality

Why should knowledge about gender equality and diversity be integrated into KTH study programmes? And how should this be done?
These have been recurring questions in the last few weeks. The answers can be found in several of the KTH steering documents.

Many of the questions are tangential to the content that is to be covered within sections of the programme. When it comes to the question of why this is to be done at a university of technology, the answer can be found in several steering documents, such as the business plan for KTH 2021 (V-2020-0856) where it states that KTH has a goal of making knowledge and awareness of gender and equality an integral part of all study programmes, such that after graduating, students should be able to contribute to a more equal society.

Will this be done at the expense of something else that is perhaps more important in the study programme is another recurring question.

Only a very limited section will be mandatory for everyone within the parameters of a course, at some point during the entire length of the programme.

For example, this can consist of a two-hour lecture, a shorter text or some other form of knowledge top-up, which are entirely normal changes that are made within programmes all the time to update and improve the programme in different ways. Students will be examined on the section within the parameters of the credits for the course.

The programme director will choose an appropriate form of integration and how this is connected to the relevant area of technology. In other words, it is not a case of an entire course or even a module (which several programmes have already introduced).

Why gender equality rather than equality is another reccurring question.

The section includes things like knowledge about what the different concepts mean and how they can be connected to sustainable development. Knowledge about how gender equality and equality can be related to technological development and social development is also included. Many people ask themselves what equality and gender equality have to do with technology, which is something that also needs to be explained in the programme.

At KTH, development work is being done on the when and how where programme managers, researchers and representatives of sustainable development will participate. The Director of First and Second Cycle Education and the Director of Third Cycle Education are identifying the ten programmes that are to be the first in each school to take part in this integration work in 2021.