The course ACES50 is currently not being offered

Course code: ACES50
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Digitala Asien: Kulturella, sociala och politiska transformationer
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-19981
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 ubiquitous use of ICTs in daily life has led to a growing interest among scholars to address this phenomenon and study its impact on cultural, social and political practices and processes. We can identify a digital turn in the social sciences. The course makes use of insights and theories from different disciplines, such as media and communication studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, political science and area studies in the study of Asian digital societies. Students are introduced to different theories, concepts, approaches, and methodologies with a particular focus on works addressing the Asian experiences. The course addresses different types of ICTs, including the Internet, social media, mobile phones and apps, in the context of both global processes and the cultural, social, political and economic context and development of different Asian societies. The course focuses on different themes and fields while paying attention to factors such as gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and age:

  • Identity formation and socialization processes (for example through blogging, gaming, and mobile phone and social media use).
  • Social networking and community building (for example among civil society, youth, interest communities)
  • Social and political activism (for example in traditional politics, new social movements, citizen journalism).
  • Digital methodologies and ethnographic practices

The course introduces students to theoretical and interdisciplinary studies, studies of the digital society in the West and Asia, and comparisons between and within different Asian societies. It encourages students to apply theoretical and methodological insights from the course in their own case studies/theses on different Asian countries and particular ICTs.


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

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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

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Application fee

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