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:Time: June 1 – August 31, 2021. This course does not have a fixed schedule, students watch the lecture videos and read the materials in their own pace and take the exam on one of the given dates during June 1 – August 31.

Goals: Students learn the significant political points/foci/events of Mongolian history since its establishment in 1206 as Great Mongol Empire to the present; they know how to describe the essential features of Mongolian politics, including the constitutional system of government, elections and foreign political and economic interests; and they understand significant keys to Mongolian traditional and present culture and society. As transferable skills, students will learn how to assimilate and understand large amounts of new information through class work and reading research literature, 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. 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.

This course does not have a fixed schedule. When you have watched the lectures you can take the exam. A home exam is arranged once a month.

Grading: On a scale of 1–5

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

Application period:

  • Application period for autumn term 2020: August 24–September 13, 2020.
  • Application period for spring term 2021: November 2–22, 2020.
  • Application period for summer term 2021: March 29–April 25, 2021.
    Please check that your university is a member of the Asia Network in 2021. There might be changes in the membership at the turn of the year.

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. (not available via the Open University during summer terms).

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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