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Asian Studies: Social Justice and Social Equality in Asia


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

Study period: autumn 2019
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2019-10-02 – 2019-10-31
Language of instruction: English
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.
Application code: LU-19701


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.



  1. Individual Seminar Assignment, 2.5 ECTS
  2. Individual Take-Home Exam, 5 ECTS


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