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College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ASIA 265 - Contemporary Mongolia: Livelihoods, Economies and Environments

Cross-Listed as GEOG 265  
The “land without fences” has long existed in the travelers’ mind as a place of expansive landscapes and nomadic cultures. After emerging from more than 60 years of communism, Mongolia transitioned to a democratic form of governance and capitalist economy in 1989 and by 2013 Mongolia’s economy was noted as one of the fastest growing in Asia, although this growth has since slowed.  Along with these monumental changes in governance structure and economy, Mongolia’s peoples witnessed profound changes in their livelihoods and experienced a rapid transition to new and emerging economies. This course takes a thematic, geographic perspective on the contemporary issues facing Mongolia and its citizens and bringing together such themes as development, gender, environment, migration, ethnicity and culture in this rapidly changing region of the world. Our task for the semester will be to consider the multiplicity of changes occurring across Mongolia and contextualize these within broader debates within the discipline of geography. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)