Introduction to Mongolian Politics and Society

Autumn 2019

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Introduction to Mongolian Politics and Society (2 ECTS)

Organiser: Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku

Professor Lauri Paltemaa (Lectures by Professor Turtogtokh Janar from the National University of Mongolia)

Time: Autumn term 2019, spring term 2020, summer term 2020.

Goals: By the end of this course, students will be able to understand significant political points/foci/events of Mongolian history since its establishment in 1206 as Great Mongol Empire to current political settings; describe the essential features of Mongolian politics, including constitutional system of government, elections and foreign political and economic interests; and understand significant keys to Mongolian traditional and contemporary culture and society. As transferable skills students will learn how to assimilate and understand large amounts of new information, as well as academic English listening and writing skills.

Contents: This course is designed to help students understand the dynamics of Mongolian politics by exploring major points in Mongolian political history, Central Asian geo-political location in the 20th century, political democracy, changing political and economic interests towards East Asia since the 1990s democracy. Moreover, structure of Mongolian government, political institutions, and elections will be introduced in the lectures

Taken as: Online lectures on Moodle and a final exam. You are recommended, but not required, to read the suggested literature.

Grading: On a scale of 1–5

Target Group: All students who wish to gain introductory knowledge on Mongolia.

Application periods: Registered university students with a valid study right from the University Network’s member universities, can register for this course during during the following periods:

  • Autumn term application period: August 26 – September 15, 2019.
  • Spring term application period: November 4-24, 2019.
  • Summer term application period: March 3 – April 14, 2020.

The continuous application possibility is no longer possible as of 16.8.2018.

Application period: August 26 – September 15, 2019. Go to application instructions. This course does not have enrollment limits. Some universities may define quotas on the number of students who can take courses offered by the Asia Network.  Information about the quotas is published before the application periods start.

Other interested persons can register for this course through the Open University at the University of Turku.

Persons who are not registered at the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies, can apply to this course via the Open University at the University of Turku. There is a quota of five students on this course for students of the Open University. Please note that the Open University has an own, separate application process.

Information about the application criteria and study fees is available on this web site
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