GGH305 Geography of Russia

for S2J 2009

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GGH 305 Geography of Russia


S2J 2009 PV


Whitney, Damian M.


Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



All readings will be posted online. You may access readings through the OPEN system. All readings will be announced during the prior weeks class session. If you have difficulty accessing any of the readings please notify me as soon as possible.

The only required text is a WORLD ATLAS. No specific edition is required, so long as it is updated (at least within the last 10 years). If you do not own an Atlas, there are online sites where you may access them for free. Let me know if you need any assistance.  

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
GGH305 Geography of Russia: This comprehensive course will study the physical and cultural geography of the regions of Russia and the former Soviet Union (Near Abroad). Topics will include: economic problems, environmental problems, population dynamics, and current political geographical issues involving Russia and its neighbors. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:
This Class will include one Midterm (week 4) and a Final (week 8)

2 Map Assignments and question sheets for in class movies
Russian Conflict report
Attendance and Participation
Current event reports will be due at the beginning of every class session

Midterm = 70 points

Final = 70 points
2 Map assignments = 20 points each [40 total]
Conflict report = 20 points
Current events = 60 points
Attendance and participation = 10 points
other in class assignments = 30 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
     Late material will not be accepted unless cleared with me prior to due date   

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Academic Integrity and class conduct.

Students who pass off as their own the answers, words, ideas or research findings of another person are guilty of academic dishonesty.  In addition to such acts of cheating or plagiarism, any unauthorized possession of examinations, hiding of source materials, or tampering with grade records are acts of academic dishonesty specifically forbidden by University rules.  Because of the importance of honesty to academic and professional life, acts of dishonesty by students may result in suspension or dismissal from the University.

In addition to silencing cell phones, students are expected to conduct themselves respectfully and professionally. Disruptive classroom conduct may result in class points being docked or automatic failure and dismissal from class. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

·      Overview of Geography and contemporary Russia

·      Historical Geography of Russia: Formation of Russia and the Russians

·      Historical Geography of Russia: Muscovy

·      Historical Geography of Russia: Tsarists Russia

·      Historical Geography of Russia: The U.S.S.R.

·      Historical Geography of Russia: The Russian Federation

·      The Nations, Peoples and Cities of Russia

·      Physical Geography of Russia: Physical regions and environmental problems

·      The ex-Soviet states

·      Russia embedded: religion, culture and art of the Russians 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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