Russia and the Former Soviet Union
To use other students input to effectively enhance geographic understanding of the region.
To explicate and define the important historical and contemporary geographic linkages in the region including settlement structure and major industries (e.g., agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and transportation).
To comprehend the regional geographic structure of the region's cultural components including languages, demographics, ethnic groups, and religious beliefs.
Economic and Political Change
To become knowledgeable concerning the ongoing geographical manifestations of political and economic restructuring in the modern era, including relationship to the European Union and other political entities.
To grasp how the “5 Themes of Geography” [Location, Place, Human Environment Interaction, Region, and Movement] relate to our overall studies of this region.
To demonstrate the connection of the underlying physical "stage" of the region to the distributions of people and their activities. This includes studying the locations and distributions of climates, mountains, rivers, and natural barriers of the region.
To write geographic research that is fluent, relevant, and creative.