Course code: SASH92
Credits: 7.5

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below is about autumn semester 2023. The course was also given earlier. Choose semester above for more information!

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: 67 %, day
Study period: 2023-10-24 – 2023-12-14
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-33013
Eligibility: General requirements for university studies in Sweden


Artificial Intelligence and social robots are increasingly becoming part of our daily life, giving rise to some important questions: Will AI systems become more empathic or smarter than we are, and use that increased intelligence to rule us? And if they acquire these abilities, will we come to prefer them to human partners?

In this course we will gain knowledge and share reflections on the difference between engaging with another human versus a robotic partner; and how social robots have changed the way we live, think, interact and work (now and in the future). Standard and contrasting accounts of human social cognition will be presented, along with mainstream literature on research into human-robot interactions. Finally, the course will focus on ethical, relational and epistemological issues emerging when considering such types of interaction, discussing and providing answer(s) to the question: why (and in which contexts) humans need social robots as interactional partners.

Important dates – autumn semester 2023

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund,
In English
24 October 2023 – 14 December 2023

Öppnar för sen anmälan den 14 July 2023

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 13,750
First payment: SEK 13,750
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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

Second Admission Round
Nationell ansökningsomgång
Höstterminen 2023

Öppnar 14 July

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