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1 SOCIAL STUDIES AND GENDER EQUALITY yyWhat is society and what is social studies? yyWhat are the three main disciplines of social studies about? yyWhat is the status of equality between men and women in Denmark – illustrated by the three main disciplines? Maybe it is bragging a bit when we call this book ”Open up society!” Because what tool is it we want to use to open up something with? And what kind of society is it anyway that we think can be opened, taken apart and examined? Society is a concept that we constantly hear about in the media, in school and in discussions with friends and family. You could say that society is everywhere. Even when we think we are sitting quietly chatting with friends, we may be interrupted by a text, a snap or a comment on the social media or, when we are working on an assignment, we may be disturbed by breaking news that unexpectedly pops up on the screen. When we walk in the street, we meet tempting advertisements from companies wanting to sell us the latest model in mobile phone, a trip to the south or a bottle of cheap booze. And sometimes 10 CHAPTER 1 the doorbell rings and someone is outside collecting for a charity. In this way, society affects us whether we want it or not. Because we are part of society, and society is around us all the time, no matter what we do. 1.1 What is social studies? Generally, the school subject social studies involves academic objectives, core material and supplementary material that enable you to investigate, understand, explain and address the political, social and economic events that take place in society in a professio-nally qualified way. When we work in a social scientific way, we view the world through the disciplines of political science, sociology or economics, and we can switch between them if necessary to solve the problems of society. Political


Open up society
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