The Department of Economic Geography, Faculty of Geology and Geography, the University of Kharkiv was founded in 1934. In 2002 it was named as the Department of "Human Geography and Regional Studies". The department is headed by Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Professor of Ludmila Niemets.
4 doctors of sciences, professors, 11 associate professors provide students vocational training using modern techniques and the latest teaching technologies. The department has two teaching and research laboratories, where students enable to use computers and the Internet. The library fund of the department has more than 750 copies, which are used by students in preparing for the classes. Today 98 students study the department, including 23 foreigners, 7 PhD students, 2 applicants and 1 doctoral student.
In the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 academic years, the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies took the 3rd and 4th place respectively by rating of the natural profile departments of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. In the 2011/2012 academic year – the 2d place among more than 60 departments of the university. Last years the Department take the first place among the departments of the faculty.
The department carries out the recruitment of students by levels of higher education:
· Bachelor of Geography (speciality 106 "Geography", educational program "Geography");
· Bachelor of Geography (speciality 106 "Geography", educational program "Geography of Recreation and Tourism");
· Master of Geography (speciality 106 "Geography", educational program "Geography");
· Master of Geography (speciality 106 "Geography", educational program "Geography of Recreation and Tourism").
The staff of department provides teaching the following main subjects:
• Regional Geography;
• Population Geography with the basics of demography;
• Foreign economic relations of Ukraine;
• Information Geography and GIS;
• Computer technologies in human geography;
• Basics of geographic modeling;
• Basics of regional studies and tourism activities;
• Basics of human geography;
• The political geography with basics of geopolitics;
• Regional human geography;
• Regional excursion activity
• Regional problems of sustainable development;
• System analysis in human geography;
• Theory and methodology of geography;
• The tourist-recreational resources of the world;
• Human geography of Ukraine.
The curriculum provides student practices.
Training natural science practice (1 year) – the first stage – students attend industrial enterprises and institutions of social infrastructure in Kharkiv; the second phase of the practice takes place in the educational geographical base, "Gaidar" in Zmiev district, Kharkiv region.
Training professionally-oriented practice (2nd year) –students visit Transcarpathia (Hust, Volovets, Uzhgorod, Mukachevo, Berehovo, Rachov),Carpathian (Colomya, Kosiv), Kamenetz-Podilsky,Khotin, Chernivtsy, Lviv. Students of the department have the opportunity to have practice abroad (Turkey).
Production Practice (3rd year) – students participate in a Comprehensive training and research expeditions in districts of Kharkiv region.
Production Practice (5 year) – students have practice in Kyiv, as well as in research institutions, local government bodies; assistant practice in higher educational institutions of different levels of accreditation.
Also training PhD and doctoral students is provided on the specialty 11.00.02 "Human geography". The department attracts for training PhD students, doctoral students from different regions of Ukraine, in particular, Poltava, Sumy, Lugansk, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Volyn regions.
Human geographers work as economist-demographers, economist-statistician; guide, an expert on foreign economic issues; economist for placement productive forces; an expert on the world economy; expert on regional policy and economy problems; expert on regional studies; State Inspector; manager of international tourism; manager and marketer for business management; employee of airlines, school college teacher, and university lecturer; consultant for the planning and management of territories; Director of the company, enterprise and organizations in tourist firms and companies; research institutes dealing with environmental, economic and social policy; government bodies of all levels (district, regional, municipal administration, committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine), etc .; banking and commercial structures; GIS corporations and the IT sector, sales, supply and logistics departments; Department of International Relations, enterprises of all economic sectors; employment offices, funds for pension and social insurance, statistical offices; schools, colleges, universities.
Active scientific work, including student work is organized at the department. Annually the department holds scientific-practical conference with international participation - "Region: optimal development strategy" and "Region: human- geographical aspects", the student discussion club works.
Students, PhD students and lecturers of the department actively participate in international scientific conferences, seminars, competitions of scientific works, international programs in France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and others countries.
The Department publishes an interregional collection of scientific works "Journal of Human Geography". In 2007 the journal received the status of professional editions of HAC Ukraine. The "Journal of Human Geography" deals with modern problems of society, solved by human geography, reflects results of the latest research in this area. Issues of theory and research practical application of human geography in different regions of Ukraine and in the world. "Journal of Human Geography" is included in the international scientometric bases like Index Copernicus, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, Google Scholar, InfoBase Index, Eurasian Scientific Journal Index, ResearchBib, Scientific Indexing Services. It publishes twice a year.
In 2009 a Specialized Academic Council K 64.051.23 for defending PhD theses in the specialty 11.00.02 – Human Geography was opened in the university. The Council was re-registered in 2015 and its validity extended until 2018. During 2009-2016 22 PhD theses were being defended in the Special Council on the subject of human-geographical research of population service system, education, culture, health, transport system, religious sphere, tourism and recreation, investment activities, socio-economic, demographic development, social security, geo-ecological situation, ecologically balanced farming of various regions of Ukraine.
The department cooperates with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geographical Research (Hungary), the University of Silesia (Poland), the University of Oslo (Norway), the University of Oradea (Romania), the University of Girona (Spain), University of Alberta (Canada).
The department takes care of the organization of students leisure. The academic year begins the holiday of the first-year students. Other holidays: Student's Day, New Year, Graduate Holiday, etc., during which students have the opportunity to reveal their creativity. Students also enables to participate in various university events (Miss Mister- university, KVN, intellectual tournament "What? Where? When?", student quests, etc.
Sports competitions, excursions, tourist trips (Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, etc.) are organized for students.
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