Examines theories and case studies across the Americas to understand geographies and politics of poverty and inequality. Outlines key concepts related to the reproduction of inequality/poverty, particularly theories of class, gender, and race and examines the mechanisms through which knowledge and action on poverty and inequality are (re)produced. Offered: Sp.
Students can expect to learn about the historical background and evolution of Soviet/Russian population and urbanization processes, problems and distinguishing demographic characteristics and recent trends in the growth and migration of rural and urban populations, problems associated with ethnicity and nationality, regional-temporal labor demand and supply issues, problems associated with spatial-temporal well-being historically and under conditions of the current transitional economics, and an overview of development of Soviet/Russian urban geography as a discipline.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The method of instruction will primarily be a small lecture / discussion format. Slides, transparencies, and some videotapes will be used.
While the class will be given assuming no background in either Soviet Union/Russia or geography, any prior course work in Russian/Soviet history, language, geography and /or economics as well as course work in urban geography and demography would be very helpful.
Class assignments and grading
There are daily/weekly assigned readings in preparation for class lectures and there are two take-home essay exams and a term paper required.
This is a "W" course and the term paper for the course will represent 40% of the final grade. The midterm and final exam essays well each be worth 30% of the final grade.