• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Environmental Studies, History, Asia Pacific Studies, Central Asia Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jack Fenner
    • Prof Li Narangoa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2017
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Mongolia has deep historical memory and cultural tradition but today’s Mongolia presents a new face to the international community as a successful post-Soviet democracy and as one of the world’s largest commodity exporters.  Mining has boosted the national economy but at heavy sacrifice to ecology and indigenous communities; water and air pollution and encroachment on pasture lands creates health and safety hazards for people and livestock through burning coal and creation of extraction infrastructure.  Over two weeks of field study, students will witness firsthand the challenges that face modern Mongolia through in-class lectures, interaction with local community and industry stakeholders, visits to sites of historical and cultural value as well as mining sites.  Themes include environment, energy, heritage, community health and infrastructure, as students investigate through an analytical essay the true cost of economic growth on the cultural, natural and historic fabric of Mongolia – a nation caught between globalisation and tradition.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1) describe the current challenges of Mongolia from a historical perspective
2) discuss the tension between traditional nomadic culture and sedentary industrial development
3) comprehend the historical, economic and political underpinnings of Mongolia's domestic politics, national identity and national security
4) better analyse situations based on empirical data
5) demonstrate the ability to communicate cross-cultural analysis effectively

Other Information

Must have completed 36 units of university courses

Indicative Assessment

1. Literature Review 15% (1000 words) (LO 1, 2, 3)
2. Reflective report/Blog Posting 25% (LO 2, 3, 5)
3. Analytical essay 60% (3000-3500 words) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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7-10 hours per day for two weeks, plus the time for post fieldwork writing of an analytical essay and pre-fieldwork introductory sessions and creation of a literature review.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Students will be provided with a list of preliminary reading after enrolment and before the fieldwork begins.

Reading materials will be identified via the course Wattle site.

Rossabi, Morris, EBSCOhost, and Ebrary. 'Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists', (2005).
Robinson, Carl. Mongolia: Nomad Empire of the Eternal Blue Sky (Odyssey Books & Maps, 2010)
Sabloff, Paula L. W. , 'Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan', ( Ulaanbaata;Philadelphia;, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2001).
Sabloff, Paula L. W., and Ebrary. 'Does Everyone Want Democracy?: Insights from Mongolia', (2013).
Man, John.,  Genghis Khan : life, death, and resurrection, New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin (2004)
Man, John.,  Kublai Khan : from Xanadu to superpower, London : Bantam, (2006)
Fijn, Natasha. , 'Living with Herds: Human-Animal Coexistence in Mongolia', Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Baabar, B., and C. Kaplonski. , 'Twentieth Century Mongolia', (Folkestone, Global Oriental, 2005).
Heissig, Walther. , 'The Religions of Mongolia', ( London, Routledge And Kegan Paul, 1980).
Rossabi, Morris, EBSCOhost, and Ebrary. 'Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists', (2005).
Khan, Tehmina, and World Bank. 'Mongolia: Raising Female Participation in the Large Scale Mining Sector', (2014).
Narangoa, Li. 'Mongolia Searches for Breathing Room', (2014).
Chinggis Khaan and globalization : in the perspective of international business transaction  Purevdorjiin, Munkhselenge.  Saarbru┬Ęcken : LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2014.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge of Mongolia or Mongolian is required. Students planning to take this course are encouraged to take Mongolian language (MNGL1002) and/or culture courses (ASIA2016)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6794 19 Jun 2017 19 Jun 2017 07 Jul 2017 07 Aug 2017 In Person N/A

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