Introduction to Mongolian Politics and Society

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Application period: Read more about application process! 

Students from University of Turku can apply direct via Peppi. 

Course study period:

  • Spring 2024, starts 8.1.2024
  • Summer 2024, 20.5. – 31.7. 2024

Level: Advanced

Language: English

Amount of credits: 2 cr

Time: Students can start taking the course once they receive information about acceptance. The set study period extends to the end of that study term

Organizer: Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku

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

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 process:

Students who hold a valid study right at University Network’s member university can take this course for free. This includes both degree students and exchange students.

Other students can apply to the course as external self-paying students of the University of Turku OR via the Open University at the University of Turku.

This course does not have enrollment limits.

Go to application instructions by clicking here.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a  message about the decision. This will come a few weeks after the application period has ended. If you are accepted to the course, you will receive a welcoming email on the first day of the course, and gain access to the course site in the Moodle. The welcome email comes to the address you have given 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.


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