Asian Studies: Digital East and South-East Asia - Cultural, Social and Political Transformations
Course · 7.5 credits
East and Southeast Asia has the largest Internet population in the world in absolute numbers. It is also at the forefront of digital developments in many fields, including entertainment, e-commerce, and artificial intelligence and big data. The region encompasses a diverse digital landscape that reflects divergent histories, cultures, and socioeconomic and political realities. In this course we study how individuals, civil society organization, and political leaders and organizations make use of different platforms such as social media. We also explore threats to privacy and issues of surveillance.
In this course you study and analyse the use of different types of information and communication technologies (e.g. the internet, social media, mobile phones and apps) in the light of the different social, economic and political systems and developments in East and South-East Asia. You also analyse the local development from the point of view of regional and global trends and processes.
In the course we highlight the different concepts, theories and methods that are used to study digital developments and different platforms. This means that the course is based on different disciplines, such as media and communication studies, cultural studies, anthropology, political science and area studies, while adopting an interdisciplinary perspective.
We focus on different topics that take into account factors such as gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status and age. You are encouraged to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired from the required reading to individually selected case studies that highlight the use of different types of digital platforms among individuals and groups in different countries.
In the course we address the following topics:
- processes of identity formation and socialisation through, for example, blogging, gaming and the use of social media
- the impact of information and communication technologies on the emergence of new social networks and groups, e.g. special interest groups, civil society and citizen journalists
- social and political activities, for example how political leaders and political parties use different platforms and how new popular movements adopt them
- new methods and ethnographic approaches as a result of digital developments
More information can be found at https://www.ace.lu.se/education/free-standing-courses/digital-east-and-south-east-asia-cultural-social-and-political-transformations
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Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Sölvegatan 18 B, 223 62 Lund
Box 118, 221 00 Lund
+46 46 222 37 78
nina [dot] brand [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se
sidsel [dot] hansson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
A degree of Bachelor in social sciences or humanities. English 6/English course B.
Seats are allocated according to: Previous college/university studies (APAV): 100 %.
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.
How to apply
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- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column on this webpage.
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- 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 +).
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 13 750
First payment: SEK 13 750
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Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
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