Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Cultural Perspectives on Health, Lifestyle and Medicine


Course code: SASH61
Swedish title: Cultural Perspectives on Health, Lifestyle and Medicine
ECTS credits: 7.5


NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about spring 2018. The course is also given spring 2019. Choose semester above for more information!

Study period: spring 2018
Type of studies: part time, day
Study period: 2018-03-16 – 2018-06-01
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: General requirements for university studies in Sweden

Application code: LU-E6581

Application code: LU-70531

Introductory meeting: 2018-03-16 at 09.15 – 12.00: LUX:B129

Course coordinator: Markus Idvall
Teachers: Kristofer Hansson, Rachel Irwin, Lars-Eric Jönsson, Max Liljefors


The course examines questions of health, lifestyle and medicine from cultural analytical and ethnographic perspectives. The course approaches different urgent societal issues relating to illness, diagnosis and wellbeing in contemporary and historical societies. These issues are discussed in relation to different cases: the meeting between doctor and patient, living with chronic disease, controversial biotechnological diagnoses and treatments, discourses on risk and responsibility, etc.

The course is based on current research in ethnology, medical anthropology and cultural studies, including questions about the body, illness experiences, disability, ethics and the new health economy. Theoretical understanding of how aspects of identity, class, gender, ethnicity and age intervene in medical treatments and lifestyle patterns will be offered in lectures, seminars and group exercises. On completion of the course the students will have insight into the cultural dimensions of illness and health.

Important dates – Spring semester 2019

First Admission Round / Internationell ansökningsomgång

Day Lund, part time 50%
In English
March 15, 2019 – May 31, 2019

Closed for applications

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund, halvfart 50%
In English
15 mars 2019 – 31 maj 2019

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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 12 500
First payment: SEK 12 500
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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.

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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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