Course code: MRSG11
Swedish title: Mänskliga rättigheter: Introduktionskurs
ECTS credits: 30

Due to the announcement from the Swedish Government issued May 29th, that returning to campus-based education is possible from June 15th, the following applies to teaching at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology during the autumn semester:

  • Due to the ongoing corona (COVID-19) pandemic and the restrictions that have been issued, the courses taught this autumn will have a limited number of meetings on campus, depending on the availability of suitable lecture rooms. The major part of the teaching will take place online. Detailed information on what is the case for your course will be given below.
  • If the teaching is campus-based, there will be assigned entry and exit passages for each teaching room regarding stairwells, corridors and entrances (doorways). Please be considerate and follow the instructions to the point. Hand disinfectant will be available in all lecture halls and group rooms.

Please make sure we can reach you – check if your email address in Ladok is correct:

Please pay attention to the start time of your teaching. The stated time in your course schedule is valid.

Study period: autumn semester 2020
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2020-08-31 – 2021-01-17
Language of instruction: Swedish
Application code: LU-19401
Eligibility: General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: History 1b/1a1+1a2 and Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 or History A and Social Studies A

Introductory meeting: 2020-10-12 at 10:15 – 12:00 in LUX:C121 hörsal

Teachers: Malin Arvidsson, Olof Beckman, Eric Brandstedt, Kristina Robertsson, Andreas Tullberg

  • Schedule – changes may occur until the start of the semester, a more accurate schedule is expected to come during week 34
  • Exam schedule


Mänskliga rättigheter har blivit ett dominerande språk politiskt, rättsligt och moraliskt, såväl i Sverige som i resten av världen:

  • Internationellt utvecklingsarbete ska ha mänskliga rättigheter som grund.
  • Stora företag skriver in dem i sina etiska riktlinjer.
  • Militära interventioner genomförs i deras namn.

Mänskliga rättigheter är uppenbarligen ett fenomen att räkna med, men hur ska de förstås och vad kan de åstadkomma?

Allmänt om kursen

På introduktionskursen studerar du mänskliga rättigheter ur ett historiskt, filosofiskt och juridiskt perspektiv.

Vi tittar närmre på och diskuterar olika frågeställningar som:

Vad är mänskliga rättigheter?
Vi börjar med att analysera begreppet ”mänskliga rättigheter”. Vad finns det för centrala idéer och värderingar i samhället? Vi studerar rättfärdigande, skyldighetsaspekter och vikten av kritiskt tänkande.

Var kommer mänskliga rättigheter ifrån?
De mänskliga rättigheternas betydelser har skiftat över tid och rum. För att öka vår förståelse om dagens rättighetsfrågor tittar vi närmre på det historiska perspektivet, revolutionerna, rasism, avkolonialiseringen och den moderna staten.

Vad är folkrätten?
Vi tittar på den moderna folkrättens framväxt och utveckling. Du får studera vad det finns för folkrättsliga instrument och system för reglering, implementering och ansvarsutkrävande.

Efter kursen

Du har nu fått grunderna i vad mänskliga rättigheter är och hur det används nationellt och internationellt.
Vill du fördjupa dig ytterligare i ämnet erbjuder vi en fortsättningskurs. Vi har även ett 3-årigt kandidatprogram i mänskliga rättigheter.


  1. Human Rights as Idea and Phenomenon, 10 ECTS
  2. Human Rights in Modern History, 10 ECTS
  3. Human Rights in the International System, 10 ECTS

Important dates – autumn semester 2020

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund, heltid
In Swedish
31 augusti 2020 – 17 januari 2021

Stängd för anmälan

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

Full course tuition fee: SEK 55,000
First payment: SEK 55,000
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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

Introductory meeting

Monday, 12 October
at 10:15 – 12:00
LUX:C121 hörsal, compulsory