GGH 305 Geography of Russia
S1T 2012 DL
Whitney, Damian M.
MA Geography University of Missouri, ColumbiaBA Geography California State University, Fresno
January, 16, 2012 - March, 11, 2012
Required Class Textbook:
"A Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors" by Mikhail S. Blinnikov
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I will post a couple of discussion questions for every week. Note that many of these are not made to produce a specific answer, so there is no right or wrong answers per say. In many cases, I just want you to exercise some critical thinking on some of the issues presented in the questions. There are two requirements regarding discussion questions that I want you to keep in mind. 1, In addition to answering all the questions, I want to respond to at least one answer that some one else has posted. You may agree, add on to their argument or offer a rebuttal. 2, Anytime you write on the discussion board (whether it be responding or answering a question) keep it civil and professional! If I have to remind you about inappropriate or discourteous comments, it means you have lost points!
I will be giving short quizzes at the end of each week. You may do these whenever you have completed taking notes on the lectures. Keep in mind that there may be more than one quiz a week (see the schedule for more details on this).
For the weeks that I have assigned Readings, there will be a short discussion thread relevant to the reading or readings. Be sure to check the weekly reading assignments. These will be available under course documents as well as under the weekly assignment tabs.
Research Paper (Core Assessment for this class):
There will be a research assignment (minimum of 5 pages). You will have until the end of week 7 to complete it and send it to me. I will post full instructions and details about the research paper on the class site. This will be the core assessment for GGH305.
Final Exam: The Final exam will be cumulative. If you can not take the final at the nearest Park University campus, you must arrange with a testing center or proctor in order to take the final. Proctor forms will should be available on student web sites starting week 2. Make sure you arrange this and get it approved by me AS SOON AS YOU CAN.
5 pts each
40 total pts
10 pts each
90 total pts
30 total pts
Research Paper (Core Assessment)
50 total pts
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late Materials will not be accepted. If you have any difficulty with the course schedule, let me know in advance.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: I expect you to conduct yourselves courteously and professionally. This includes weekly discussion questions in which you may post agreements or refutations of your classmate’s posts. If I have to remind you to keep it courteous, it means I have docked you points.
Note; although they are not posted here, there will be discussion questions every week.
Lecture: Basics of Geography and overview of Russia
Read ch 1 and 9
Lecture: Formation of Russia and the Russian people
Reading: “Natasha’s dance” by Orlando Figes
Quiz # 2
Lecture: Muscovy (the rise of Moscow)
Reading: “Russia, the once and future empire” by Phillip Longworth
and chapter 6 from the text
Quiz # 3
Lecture: Tsarist Russia
Lecture: The USSR
Read ch 7
Lecture: The Russian Federation
Lecture: Human Trafficking
Read ch 8 and articles posted online (under the week 5 tab)
Lecture: The Caspian Sea (and the environmental/resource problems facing Russia)
Reading; “Essentials of World Regional Geography” Joseph Hobbes [posted online]
and read ch 2 and 4 from the text
Divisions and peoples of Russia [There will not be lecture notes for this lesson]
Read ch 22, 23, 24
Research paper due
Ex-Soviet nations [There will not be lecture notes for this lesson]
Read ch 29, 30, 31 and pg 64-75
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Last Updated:1/2/2012 3:41:35 PM