Asian Studies: Human Rights in East and South-East Asia
Course · 7.5 credits
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.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Sölvegatan 18 B, 223 62 Lund
Box 118, 221 00 Lund
+46 46 222 30 02
nina [dot] brand [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se
paul [dot] oshea [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
A degree of Bachelor in social sciences or humanities. English 6/English course B.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.
How to apply
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- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
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- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 13 750
First payment: SEK 13 750
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.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile, among other countries
- US student finance
- Canada student finance