Social Geography and Regional Development
Subject of Study Description
The subject of study is geographical organization of society and its development. The courses on offer are particularly concerned with the following themes: analytical and synthetic evaluation of the system of settlement and the process of urbanization; hierarchical organization of regions; territorial differentiation of social and economic phenomena and identification of the role of their conditioning factors. In terms of its applied dimension, this study relates to problems of regional development, administrative division and locational aspects of various socio-economic phenomena. A special importance is ascribed to the study of interaction between society and its environment including related problems of social ecology. Further and more specific study opportunities are offered in connection with themes from a number of subdisciplines of socio-economic geography such as structure and development of migration relationships and their motivation (population geography); land use (geography of agriculture); locational factors (geography of industry) and hierarchical differentiation of service facilities of centres (geography of services).
Lectures, Courses and Seminars
a) The first year of doctoral study includes a mandatory colloquy in general social and regional geography and demography. The time allocation is 3 hours weekly in both semesters. The colloquy is taught by members of the Dept. of Social Geography and Regional Development II (DSGRD) and Dept. of Demography and Geodemography.
b) Graduates of other disciplines than geography and graduates of geography from other universities are required to attend selected courses of the magisterial level of study, namely Local and Regional Development and Socio-geographical Complexes.
c) Depending on the topic of a doctoral thesis, the supervisor decides on other courses including those taught at other faculties or universities that the student needs to attend.
Research Projects Topics
The most common research topics are related to complex problems of geographical organization of society with examples being urbanization forecasting, preconditions of the development of socio-economic regional differences and regionalization and territorial division. More specific questions ranging from preconditions of migration development and regional differentiation in morbidity of population to land-use are a regular part of the above mentioned complex research projects. However, occasionally these more specific problems are topics of small-scale and applied research projects. It is the Department's policy to encourage PhD students to carry out their own research within the framework of either type of research projects.
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