Course code: COSM33
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Mänskliga rättigheter i Öst- och Sydöstasien
Credits: 7.5

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below is about autumn semester 2024. The course was also given earlier. Choose semester above for more information!

Study period: autumn semester 2024
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2024-10-02 – 2024-10-31
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-19551
Eligibility: A degree of Bachelor in social sciences or humanities. English 6/English course B.


This course enables you to critically analyse human rights work in East and South-East Asia. The course addresses human rights in the region from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating theories of international law with theories of social and political science and area studies. It is of particular interest to students interested in human rights work, international law, and global affairs.

This course equips you to critically analyse the problems and future prospects of human rights work in East and South-East Asia.

We focus on the cultural, social, economic and political factors that prevent or promote the protection for human rights in different societies in East and South-East Asia. You analyse and discuss differences and similarities with regard to problems and policies concerning human rights in the region, as well as the participation of different East and South-East Asian countries in the international system for the protection of human rights and in different rights instruments.

You study the relationship between international human rights legislation and national legislation and you are also introduced to local and regional debates about human rights and human rights work, focusing especially on the considerable differences between different states and NGOs with regard to human rights work and priorities.

Throughout the course, we apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human rights which is reflected in the teaching, the choice of topics and the course literature. You will study key texts in the international legislation on human rights but also integrate theories of international law with theories of social and political science and area studies.

Included parts

  • Individual seminar assignment, 2.5 credits
  • Individual Take-Home Exam, 5 credits

Important dates – autumn semester 2024

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund, heltid
In English
2 October 2024 – 31 October 2024

Öppnas för anmälan den 15 March 2024

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

Full course tuition fee: SEK 15,625
First payment: SEK 15,625
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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

Second Admission Round
Nationell ansökningsomgång
Höstterminen 2024


April 2024

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