The course ACES43 is currently not being offered

Course code: ACES43
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Mänskliga rättigheter i Asien
Credits: 7.5

Study period: autumn semester 2018
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2018-11-05 – 2018-12-04
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-19951
Eligibility: The student must be admitted to the Master of Science (120 credits) programme in Asian Studies. To take the course as a freestanding course, the student must have a Bachelor's degree in social sciences, humanities, economics or law and at least 30 credits  in Asian studies or equivalent. English 6/English course B. 


The aim of the course is to enable students to critically analyse the problems and prospects for human rights implementation in Asia. The course focuses on the cultural, social, economic and political factors that obstruct or support the realisation of human rights in different Asian societies. Differences and similarities with respect to human rights problems and policies in the region are analysed and discussed. Asian countries’ participation in the international human rights regime is analysed, including the ratification of different human rights instruments. The course studies the relationship between international human rights law and national law. It also introduces students to local and regional debates and work on human rights, with special attention to the often widely different approaches to and priorities in human rights work among governments and NGOs. The course addresses a wide range of human rights issues, including the rights of different groups of people such as children, women, and minorities. The course builds upon standard works in international human rights law but aims to integrate international legal theory with social and political theories and area studies. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of human rights is advocated and used throughout the course. This is reflected both in the teaching, choice of topics, and in the selection of literature.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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