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Craig Zumbrunnen
GEOG 533
Seattle Campus

Research Seminar: Russia and the Former Soviet Republics

Focuses on geographic and historical background of the natural resource base of Russia and the former soviet republics. Includes geographic and historical perspectives on Soviet natural resource use and management in theory and practice. Covers the implications of the breakup of the USSR for natural resource use and management.

Class description

Fundamentally, a student can expect to learn about the geography, history, and problems associated with the transition forces and processes underway in Russian and the NIS countries since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The instructor will serve as a discussion facilitator, but individual students will weekly lead discussions based on either individual or group reading assignments.

Recommended preparation

Background reading or course work on the history, economics and/or geography of the former Soviet Union, Russia, and NIS countries is strongly recommended.

Class assignments and grading

In addition to the required orally presented and written research seminar paper, students will be requested to make weekly reports and/or lead discussions o their respective assigned or selected readings for the week.

The final grade will be based 25% on weekly class discussion and participation and 75% on the required written research paper.


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