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Innovation, Gender and Sustainable development

7.5 Credits, Course, bachelor's level, G0006A
Internet course, individual studies. Innovation and the challenges to social, economic and ecologic sustainability. Gender perspective and equal opportunities as instruments for sustainability in innovations

The course is centred around the definition of sustainability defined by the United Nations in Rio 1992, and which declares that sustainability contains three dimensions: ecological, social and economic sustainability, all mutually dependant on each other. The gender perspective is specifically regarded. Statistics that explain the need for particular attention to women’s conditions are reviewed, together with the topic of gender equality as political goal. Concurrently, the innovation concept is investigated. Innovations have major impact on all three dimensions of sustainability. Within this area there are plenty stereotypes about feminine and masculine traits. While women’s and men’s in part different circumstances are paid significant attention, the course aims to challenge such stereotypes. The course brings up the globalization concept and sees to technical development as route to success and competitive strength, social innovations, critical voices and alternative interpretations, ideas and social movements for sustainable innovation such as ”Green innovation”, ”Greening the supply chain”, affirmative action to promote women’s innovation. Throughout the course, three levels are handled: Swedish/Nordic level, EU and, global level.


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Maria Uden

Maria Uden, Professor

Organisation: Design, Humans and Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
Phone: +46 (0)920 493023