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Craig Zumbrunnen
GEOG 432
Seattle Campus

Geographies and Politics of Poverty and Privilege

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Therese A Young
Date: 04/09/1998