The course CÖSM36 is currently not being offered

Course code: CÖSM36
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Social rättvisa, jämlikhet och jämställdhet i Asien
Credits: 7.5

Study period: autumn semester 2019
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2019-10-02 – 2019-10-31
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-19701
Eligibility: The students 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 the students to ask questions and to design studies on social (in) justice and social (in) equality in Asia that are linked to contemporary theoretical discussions.

Contemporary theory has tended to go beyond normative (western) definitions to instead formulate justice and equality as a substantive result of social relations and in relation to globalization, democracy, legitimacy, membership, identity, and so on. The course initially gives a review of contemporary interdisciplinary discussions on social justice and social equality and then proceeds with more in-depth studies where the students read and discuss a selection of leading theoretical works from different fields of science, eg political science, sociology, anthropology, development studies and gender science.

Then the main part of the course follows, where the students study different examples of research in Asian studies in which the theoretical perspectives have been applied and / or questioned or where they may be applicable. In course assignments, group work and seminar discussions, the students practice their ability to critically evaluate how applicable a particular theory is to different empirical examples and their ability to design theoretically relevant studies.


Included parts

  • Individual Seminar Assignment, 2.5 credits
  • Individual Take-Home Exam, 5 credits


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

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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

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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