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COSM36: Social Justice and Equality in East and South-East Asia

The aim of the course is to enable students to pose questions and design studies of social (in)justice and social (in)equality in East and South-East Asia that are linked to current theoretical discussions. Contemporary theories have tended to go beyond normative (western) definitions in favour of formulating justice and equality as a substantial result of social relations and in relation to globalisation, democracy, legitimacy, membership, identity etc.

The course begins with an overview of contemporary interdisciplinary discussions about social justice and social equality and proceeds with more specialised studies, in which the students read and discuss a selection of predominant theoretical works from different disciplines, e.g. political science, sociology, anthropology, development studies and gender studies. This is followed by the main part of the course, in which the students study different examples of research in Asian Studies in which the theoretical perspectives are applied and/or queried or in which they could be put to use. The students use course assignments, group work and seminar discussions to practise their ability to critically assess the applicability of a certain theory to different empirical examples, and to design theoretically relevant studies.

Course not given fall 2024

COSM36 information

Course code: COSM36
Credits: 7.5 ECTS credits
Cycle: Second Cycle 
Language of instruction: English
Study venue: Lund
Rate of study: Full time (100%)
Teaching hours: Daytime
Entry requirements: To be eligible to the course, the students must have a Bachelor's degree in social sciences or humanities. Oral and written language proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement.