Course code: MRSM12
Swedish title: Mänskliga rättigheter i den globaliserade världen: Aktörer, indikatorer och institutioner
ECTS credits: 15

Study period: autumn semester 2021
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2021-08-30 – 2021-10-29
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-19461
Eligibility: A first-cycle exam in the humanities or social sciences, with a bachelor thesis oriented towards human rights studies. English 6/English B.

Teachers: Dan-Erik Andersson, Olof Beckman, Lena Halldenius, Kristina Robertsson


On this course, human rights are studied from a global perspective, focusing on agents of rights, human rights indicators and institutions. The global perspective means taking into account the ways in which increasing global connections – in politics, economy, regulations, environment, conflicts, migration, and activism – affect how human rights are conceived and used, internationally, nationally, and regionally. “Agents” refer both to agents that have human rights and agents that are responsible for realizing human rights. “Indicators” are understood broadly and refer to practical and theoretical standards for the assessment of development on the field of human rights in different sectors. “Institutions” refer to the political and social infrastructure within which human rights agents act and which to varying degrees promote or inhibit development. The course also highlights how global and political changes affects who and what are regarded as human rights agents and institutions. The course aims to stimulate critical perspectives and reflection on consequences of different positions through the study of current literature from a range of research fields, as well as the study and assessment of actual cases.


  1. Agents, Indicators, and Institutions, 7.5 ECTS
  2. The Formal Status, 7.5 ECTS


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

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

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.

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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.

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