Course code: COSM39
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Dokumentärfilm i Öst- och Sydöstasien
Credits: 7.5

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

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2023-08-28 – 2023-09-26
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-19554
Eligibility: To be admitted to the course, the student must have a degree of Bachelor in social sciences or humanities or the equivalent.
Oral and written proficiency in English corresponding to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement. International qualifications will be assessed in accordance with national guidelines.
A general exemption from the requirement of proficiency in Swedish is applied.

Teachers: Chontida Auikool, Jinyan Zeng


Interested in documentary film? Want to know about and see documentary film from East and South-East Asia? In this course we explore the socio-political context of documentary film-making and discuss how film provide valuable insights into many challenges.and current issues in the region.

In the course we will focus on the history and development of documentary film, and discuss a range of individual film-makers and films. Documentary film provide new insights into both contested history and rapid changes in the region. The film screened address topics such as gender, inequalities, human rights issues, and environmental challenges and struggles. The course approaches documentary film from a socio-political perspective but also make use of concepts and theories from film studies. 

Included parts

  • Individual seminar assignment, 2.5 credits
  • Individual 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

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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