The course ACES46 is currently not being offered

Course code: ACES46
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Religion, identitet, politik och samhälle i Asien
Credits: 7.5


The course deals with broader religious developments in Asia, as well as with in-depth analyses of cases in East, South-East and South Asia. The course provides the students with overviews of contemporary religious developments in East, South-East and South Asia. It aims at exploring religions in constant change, as expressions of the time and place where they are observed, not as static traditions. Particular theoretical attention is paid to the impact on religion from modernisation, globalisation and commodification. Religion as an important part of power structures, including gender relations, is analysed. 

The discussions focus on how individuals, groups and nations use religious traditions in multiple ways, for instance; as sources for identity, as inspiration for theoretical ideologies and in legitimizing practical political policies and strategies. Processes of revitalisation and innovation include religious influence on media, pop culture and consumer culture, as well as the emergence of new religious movements.

 Seminars allow the students to focus on a geographical area or issue of their own choice.


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.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

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.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

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