Introduction to Mongolian Politics and Society

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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: Ongoing autumn 2019 – summer 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 Period: Continuous application, apply anytime. Link to application form.

Available 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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After signing up to this course with the application form above, you will immediately gain access to the course site and can start studying.The welcome email comes to the address you give in the application form. It may go to the spam or offers-folder of your email (at least gmail tends to do it). So check those folders too.

Please note, however, that credits from this course will be registered only twice a year. Grade received from an exam taken between January to May will be registered in June. Grade received from June to December will be registered in January. You can read more about the registration process from our website ( Please note, your grade can only be registered if you fulfill the following criteria: 1) you are a degree student currently present at an Asianet member university, 2) you are a polytechnic student whose institutions has promised to pay for your studies and you have sent the required certificate (Read more here:, 3) you are a self-paying student and have paid the course fee (in this case you will be sent information about your study right and instructions on how to pay the study fee in late spring or autumn depending on when you took the exam. If you do not fulfill criteria 1, 2 or 3, your grade may not be registered.

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