The course ACES52 is currently not being offered

Course code: ACES52
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Social rättvisa, jämlikhet och jämställdhet i Asien
Credits: 7.5

Study period: autumn semester 2018
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2018-09-03 – 2018-10-02
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-19971
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 this course is to enable students to address questions and frame inquiries of social (in)justice and social (in)equalities in Asian contexts in ways that are relevant to current theoretical discussions. A tendency in recent theory is the attempt to move beyond normative (western) definitions, and instead conceive of justice and equality in more substantial terms, as embedded in social relations and linked to issues of globalization, democracy, legitimacy, membership, identity, and so forth. The course first offers an overview of the recent, multidisciplinary discussion on social justice and social equality, followed by a more in-depth study where students read and discuss a selection of original theoretical works from different disciplines, including political science, sociology, anthropology, development studies, and gender studies. Subsequently, in what constitutes the main part of the course work, the students read a variety of published research in Asian Studies where the same theoretical approaches have been applied and/or challenged, or may be applicable. At the same time, in their course assignment, group work and seminar discussions, the students actively train their ability to critically evaluate the applicability of the same theoretical approaches to various sets of empirical cases, as well as their capacity to frame theoretically relevant inquiries. 


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.

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