• Class Number 6390
  • Term Code 3450
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Natasha Fijn
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 30/05/2024
  • Class End Date 10/08/2024
  • Census Date 05/07/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 30/05/2024
SELT Survey Results

Mongolia has a deep historical memory and cultural tradition but today’s Mongolia presents a new face to the international community as a successful post-socialist democracy and as one of the world’s largest commodity exporters. Mining has boosted the national economy but at a heavy sacrifice to surrounding ecology and local herding communities. Over two weeks of field study, students will witness firsthand the challenges that Mongolia faces through in-class lectures and language lessons; interaction with local community, mining and industry stakeholders; visits to sites of global historical and heritage importance; and aspects of unique nomadic cultural practices. Themes include environment, energy, cultural heritage, community health and infrastructure. Students will investigate the true cost of economic growth on the environmental, cultural and historic fabric of Mongolia – a nation caught between globalisation and ancient ways of life.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the current challenges of Mongolia from a cultural and historical perspective
  2. Discuss the tension between nomadic culture and sedentary industrial development and a growing capitalist economy
  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 through on-the-ground field research
  5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate cross-cultural analysis effectively to a general audience

Research-Led Teaching

Prior to the in-country component of the course, students will research an annotated bibliography on a subject area of interest that relates to Mongolia. Ongoing critical observations are important as part of being in the field in Mongolia to enable engagement in an in-depth way.

Field Trips

The field trip is over 14 days, including eight days in the capital of Ulaanbaatar and six days in the countryside in Mongolia, visiting significant historical, cultural and archaeological sites.

Additional Course Costs

Most course expenses will be covered by 14 $4000 New Colombo Plan scholarships available from the Australian government for Australian citizens.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 30 May: Induction on campus and visit to Mongolian Embassy
2 26 June: Annotated Literature Review Assessment Task 1
3 29 June: Arrival dinner in evening
4 30 June - 6 July: Language lessons, speakers and site visits in Ulaanbaatar
5 7 - 12 July: Travel to Hustai Nuruu NP (1 night); Orkhon River Valley (2 nights); Kharkhorin (2 nights), return to Ulaanbaatar
6 12 July: End of in-country part of course
7 13 July: Morning wrap up and departure Assessment Task 2- contribution to learning while in-country
8 19 July: Notes from the field Assessment Task 3
9 2 August: Four blog posts due Assessment Task 4

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Literature Review: Annotated Bibliography (1000-1500 words) 20 % 26/06/2024 1,2,3,5
Contribution to Learning while In-Country 10 % 13/07/2024 1,2,3,5
Notes from the Field: excerpts from fieldnotes/journal entries (1500-2000 words) 30 % 19/07/2024 1,2,3,4
Blog pieces and Multimodal Contributions (400-600 words for each blog post) 40 % 02/08/2024 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Assessment Task 2 is related to the degree of active participation during the course (10% of overall grade).

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Literature Review: Annotated Bibliography (1000-1500 words)

Identify a topic relevant to the course and build up an annotated source list with at least eight references related to the chosen topic.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 13/07/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Contribution to Learning while In-Country

Actively learning while in the field through detailed observations, taking notes and asking relevant questions, while adding to group discussions.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 19/07/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Notes from the Field: excerpts from fieldnotes/journal entries (1500-2000 words)

Task 3 is evidence of having actively written notes from observations in the field, supplemented by the writing of a journal of events that occurred and different creative ideas and concepts while on location. Field excerpts can include video material, still images, creative writing, or audio recordings of surroundings.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 02/08/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Blog pieces and Multimodal Contributions (400-600 words for each blog post)

The blog pieces will comprise of four short essays (up to 2400 words in total). Different creative forms of multimedia can be incorporated with the text, including still images, links to video or audio material, maps, quotations, songs and poems.

Academic Integrity

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Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Natasha Fijn

Research Interests

Social anthropology, multispecies ethnography, visual anthropology, sensory anthropology, mobile pastoralism, animal studies, conservation

Dr Natasha Fijn

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