Course code: COSM22
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Metodologi i teori och praktik
Credits: 15

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about spring semester 2023.

Study period: spring semester 2023
Type of studies: full time , day
Study period: 2023-03-22 – 2023-06-04
Language of instruction: English

Introductory meeting: 2023-03-23 at 10:15 – 12:00 in LUX:B339

Teachers: Stefan Brehm , Paulina Karolina Kolata , Nicholas Loubere , Mia Nilsson , Paul O'shea , Elizabeth Rhoads , Marina Svensson


The course deals with methodological issues relating to the organisation, design and writing of a master’s thesis. In addition to the general introduction to ontological and epistemological debates in the social sciences, the students get acquainted with organisational tools and methodological approaches in social research including a related range of specific methods and techniques.

The course aims to present the key schools of theoretical and methodological thought in the social sciences. From the perspective of theory, the course focuses on issues such as the nature of justification in social inquiry, the distinction between causal explanation and interpretative understanding, the role of language in social inquiry, the historical and philosophical meaning of science, and the importance of ethical and normative questions in the social sciences.

From the organisational and methodological perspective, the objective is to develop skills in designing, planning, carrying out, writing up and appraising research related to Asia. The course introduces the students to the main methods in qualitative and quantitative research and related techniques, and provides the tools for students to effectively present data, findings and conclusions.

Included parts

  • Individual Seminar Paper I , 3 credits
  • Individual Seminar Paper II , 3 credits
  • Thesis proposal , 3 credits
  • Individual Take-Home Exam , 6 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

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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