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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Fall 2009

REE 345 • Geography of the Former Soviet Union

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45645 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
GRG 408
Jordan

Course Description

This course is a systematic introduction to cultural, physical, political, and economic geography of the former Soviet Union. The man focus is given to the fundamental transformation that the former Socialist Union repurblics, now sovereign states, underwent since 1991. The attention to the changes and challenges of independence helps elucidate both common and individual hurdles that each country had to overcome during the post-socialist decades. Issues discussed in the course include demographic and social problems, economic performance, geopolitical and security concerns, Post-Soviet revival of religious and ethnic identities, and ecological problems. Students will have a unique opportunity to learn about life and natural environment in this vast Eurasian region, stretching from the shores of the Baltic Sea to Lake Baikal in Siberia, from frozen Artic Ocean to the deserts of Central Asia, from steppes of Ukraine and southern Russia to the mountainous North Caucasus.

Grading Policy

3 exams, each worth 33% of the total grade

Texts

Course package available at Paradigm, corner of Guadalupe and the 24th St.

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