Geography | Geography of the Former Soviet Lands
G427 | 2399 | Staff

This course will be attractive for everyone who is interested in Russia and
the other republics of the former Soviet Union, which for many years
threatened the whole world, and only recently ceased to exist as a
superpower.  Russia, the largest of the 15 republics of the USSR, is
aspiring to become a democratic state with a free market economy, while
maintaining its geopolitical influence on the vast expanse of Northern

How do the imperial traditions of the Russian State formed over a thousand
years blend with current processes of democratization, how successfully is
the free market economy developing in a country where centralization was a
major principle of the state?  What future will Russia and the other
republics of the former Soviet Union have in our rapidly changing world?
These and many other questions will be discussed in the course.

Everybody who takes this course, offered at both undergraduate and graduate
levels, will learn about the history of development of the Russian State
and the Soviet Union, become acquainted with basics of economic geography
of the economy, numerous ethnic groups, their cultural geography, features
of the environment across the wide expanse of this territory, from the icy
Russian Arctic to the hot subtropics of Georgia and Turkmenistan.  Russia
is not only an immense region extremely rich in natural resources, but also
a vast market of labor attractive to anyone who is interested in Russian
culture and emerging Russian business.  Class discussions on problems of
the development and geography of Russia and the former Soviet Union,
informative videos and thematic papers will give an opportunity for easier
learning of the class material.

G427 fulfills the SHSI distribution requirement.