This course will introduce students to the Mongolian language. Students will start learning Modern Mongolian and use of the Cyrillic script, as well as basic Mongolian pronunciation and grammar. Through learning the language students will also be introduced to Mongolian cultures and traditions. By the end of the course students will be able to use main cases and verb tenses in conversation and writing.
In this course students will expand the competencies learning in Mongolian 1. Students will also use main cases and finite verb tenses, as well as some modals (converbs) and simple compound sentences. Students will also get to expand their experience of Mongolian culture by reading simple folk tales.
This course enables students to reach an intermediate level of Mongolian. It consolidates and builds on the skills learned in the two first year Mongolian courses. It focuses on active oral and writing skills and reading comprehension.
This course enables students to reach an upper intermediate level of Mongolian. It consolidates and builds on the skills learned in Mongolian 1, 2 and 3. It focuses on active oral and writing skills and on reading comprehension.
In the 13th century, Mongol armies created one of the largest empires in world history, stretching at its height from the Sea of Japan to the Mediterranean, from the South China Sea to the Baltic. Although short-lived, this empire had a profound influence on world history, creating unprecedented cultural and economic links between East and West and transforming political structures in China, the Middle East and Europe. This course examines the Mongol empire, its rapid rise and sudden decline, comparatively in the global context of empire-building and the management of complex imperial structures. It assesses the long-term impacts of the Mongol eruption on politics, religion and popular culture.
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.
Other Mongolian studies
An undergraduate minor in Mongolian language (MNGL-MIN) and the postgraduate specialisation Mongolian language and culture (MNGL-SPEC) are offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. By learning the Mongolian language students will gain a deeper understanding into the rich culture, history, customs, and society of the Mongols. Students who complete the Mongolian language minor or the Mongolian language specialisation will have obtained an intermediate level command of the Mongolian language.