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   Course Title    Social and Economics Geography. Regional Economics of Russia and CIS Countries
Lecturer    Tatiana Iakovleva
Institution    Novosibirsk Institute of Geodesy, Surveying and Cartography
Country    Russia


I. AIM OF THE COURSE

This course gives students the understanding of geographical patterns and specific features of the different regions both in production, infrastructure and social spheres. It includes a survey and brief analysis of foreign and domestic regional economic theories. As a result, students get an idea of spatial structure of productive forces in Russia and CIS countries, and gain skills in analyzing economic potential of a region. The audience of the course is students of the Economic Department of Novosibirsk Geodesic Academy who will work in applied fields (not academic or research institutes and universities).

II. ROLE OF THE COURSE IN THE OVERALL DEGREE CURRICULUM

The course is mandatory for the second year students (either for full-time and part-time students) of the Economic Department. It takes one semester (16 weeks).

III. METHODS USED

The main method is a combination of lectures and seminars. Seminars are designed to conduct an in-depth review of lectures. Students are expected to discuss topics covered in lectures. Within a semester they are supposed to write four tests, which should help them assimilate and analyze the course material. At the end of semester students must write a course paper on a topic proposed by the teacher where they give an overview of all material on this topic. The final examination summarizes the results of tests and written paper and estimates students’ knowledge.

IV. COURSE CONTENT

Each lecture topic takes one week. Lecture number corresponds to week number. Each seminar covers the material of two previous lectures.

Week 1.

Lecture: Subject of research. The rediscovered significance of geography. The objectives and methods of social and economic geography.

Week 2.

Lecture: Economic geography — regional economics. Region as a geographic area that contains a dense mix of socio-economic activities. A mosaic of regions is a network of local economies forming an integrated system of production and trade.

Seminar: Relationships between regions and major trends of regions’ development.

Week 3.

Lecture: Population, migration, density of population. Spatial differences in reproduction (both natural and migrational), ethnic patterns of population in Russia.

Week 4.

Lecture: Spatial location of the productive forces. Theories of location.

Seminar: Demographic potential of the country, demographic situation and its major tendencies.

Week 5.

Lecture: Natural resources, spatial location and classification. Potential of natural resources in different regions. Methods of economic evaluation of natural resources.

Week 6.

Lecture: National economy. Territotial structure of national economy in a period of transition from socialist to market economy.

Seminar: How to make classification and estimate natural resources and what are the main and important features of new market economy in Russia.

Week 7.

Lecture: Industries. Territorial structure and organization of industries (sectors of national industry)in general. Characteristics of rational location of industries in a region.

Week 8.

Lecture: Energy complex. Oil and gas industries, fuel transportation and its problems . Prospects of development.

Seminar: Indicators of evaluation of optimal location of productive forces.

Week 9.

Lecture: Transport and communications. National transport network. Agriculture. Territorial systems and regionalization.

Week 10.

Lecture: Economic regions of Russian Federation. Natural resources, population, geographical patterns of different regions’development.

Seminar: National regionalization and specialization of regions within the country.

Week 11.

Lecture: CIS members and the countries of the former USSR. Geographical patterns and specific features. Political agreements and economic cooperation with Russian Federation.

Week 12.

Lecture: Theoretical basis of territorial development. Sectoral and regional approaches to the location of the productive forces in Russia.

Seminar: The change in political map within the last decades, its influence on the configuration of regions. Indicators for evaluating the state of local economy in a region.

Week 13.

Lecture: Market-based regional theories and location theories. Two concepts of location - historical and abstract theoretical.

Week 14.

Lecture: Government in regional development. Strategies of regional development. State regulation policy. Important tendencies in regional policy.

Seminar: Basic principles of local regional policy, how local and federal government develop, estimate and control the realization of regional development programs.

Week 15.

Lecture: Region-based approaches to economic development. Prospects for poor regions. Legal and legislative basis for regional development. Financial structures and leverages to implement regional policy.

Week 16.

Lecture: Regional programs in Russia and in the world, their aims, tasks, economic and social effectiveness.

Seminar: Types of regional programs in the country and abroad, what are the important trends in regional planning today.

V. READINGS

A. MANDATORY: None

B. RECOMMENDED

  1. A. Alekseev, V. Nikolina. Population and Economy of Russia (1995).
  2. V. Dronov, V. Rom. Geography of Russia: Population and Economy (1997).
  3. W. Isard. Methods of Regional Analysis: an Introduction to Regional Science (1966).
  4. V. Maksakovski. Geographical picture of the world (1994).
  5. P. Haggett. Locational Analysis in Human Geography (1968).
  6. L. Romanova. The economy of a region: self-governing and state governing (1994).
  7. A. Khruschov. Geography of industry (1995).


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