Economic and Social Geography

 

DEPARTMENT HISTORY

The Department of Economic and Social Geography in its current form was established in September 2017, after the merge of two departments: economic geography of foreign countries (est. 1937) and economic geography of Belarus and CIS countries (est. 1968).

The history of economic geography at the Belarusian State University dates back to the 1920s to the Geography Faculty, headed at that time by the first geography professor in Belarus – Arkadiy Smolich. In the middle of the XX century due to intensive industrialization of the country, the following research fields had emerged at the Geography Faculty of BSU:

  • localization and development of industries;
  • tourism development and recreational geography;
  • world population geography and rural development;
  • geographical education.

Through various years, the following members of the Department had been appointed as the Deans of the Geography Faculty of BSU: Nikolai Romanovskiy (in 1947–1956 and 1962–1983), Ivan Trukhan (from 1956 till 1962), Rostislav Zhmojdiak (from 1983 till 1998), Ivan Pirozhnik (from 1999 till 2013). Currently the Department is headed by Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Professor Ekaterina Antipova.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Currently there are 11 academic staff members and 3 assistants at the Department:

Head of the department – Antipova Ekaterina, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Full Professor

Associate Professors:

  • Bezruchonak Andrei, PhD in Geography
  • Shevtsova Natalia, PhD in Geography
  • Smolyakov Gennady, PhD in Geography
  • Zaitsev Vladimir, PhD in Geography

Senior teachers:

  • Voronkova Natalia
  • Shavel Alexey
  • Trifonova Irina
  • Zaprudski Ilya

Teachers:

  • Slivinskaya Tatsiana
  • Tsitou Anton

Academic department assistants:

  • Skrobut Elena
  • Garchanyuk Valentina
  • Petrova Elena

 

The Department trains specialists in the following disciplines:

1) Geography, major: “Scientific and pedagogical activity”, Specializations: “Geography of Tourism and Excursion Management” and “Regional Management”. Qualification: Geographer, Teacher of Geography.

2) Geography, major: “Geodemography”. Qualification: Geographer, Geodemographer

 

Contact Information:

16 Leningradskaya Str. room 216

220030

Minsk Belarus

 

BSU, Faculty of Geography.

Department of Economic and Social Geography.

Tel. (+375 17) 209-54-94

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SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AREAS

Population & population change

Economic geography & globalization

Development geography & spatial inequality

Urban geography

Geography of transportation

Tourism & tourism management

Pedagogical activity: human geography in schools

 

List of educational courses

  1. Geography, major: “Scientific and pedagogical activity”, Specializations: “Geography of Tourism and Excursion Management” and “Regional Management”

General courses:

  1. Introduction to the socio-economic geography
  2. Geographic research methods
  3. Population Geography
  4. World Ocean Economic Geography
  5. Geography of world economy
  6. Geography of Belarus (economic)
  7. Political geography and geopolitics
  8. Socio-economic geography of foreign countries

Courses of Specialization “Geography of Tourism and Excursion Management”

  1. Recreational Geography
  2. Introduction to tourist guidance
  3. Geography of international tourism
  4. Advertising of tourism product
  5. Excursion management
  6. Tourism Economics
  7. Regional studies with the basics of museum studies

Courses of Specialization “Regional Management”

  1. Geomarketing and regional policy
  2. Foreign economic priorities of the Republic of Belarus
  3. Sectoral economic complexes of the Republic of Belarus
  4. Regional economy
  5. Theory of statistics
  6. Introduction to regional analysis
  7. Economico-geographic justification of sustainable regional development
  8. Geography, major: “Geodemography”

General courses:

  1. Introduction to the socio-economic geography
  2. Geographic research methods
  3. Population Geography
  4. World Ocean Economic Geography
  5. Geography of world economy
  6. Geography of Belarus (economic)
  7. Political geography and geopolitics
  8. Socio-economic geography of foreign countries

Courses of major:

  1. Urban Geography
  2. Family demography and Gender Policy
  3. Spatial Planning
  4. Migration policy
  5. Introduction to demography and geodemography
  6. Regional Economic Integration
  7. Socio-economic demography and labor market
  8. Theory of Socio-Economic Geography
  9. Population economics
  10. Statistics
  11. Transportation logistics
  12. Complex processing technologies of socio-demographic data
  13. Introduction to Family Law
  14. Demographic policy
  15. World trade and market conditions
  16. Medical geography
  17. Geography of World Migrations
  18. Population geography
  19. Population issues and demographic security
  20. Forecasting and modeling of demographic processes and migrations
  21. Ethnic demography

 

Courses of Master’s Degree courses:

Еconomic and geographical structure of territorial systems

Structural and territorial shifts in the world economy

Territorial Development Planning

Forecasting and modeling of demographic processes

Tourism Management

Transportаtion geography and logistics