One type of students creativity at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies is their participation in the work of scientific discussion club, which unites students, PhD students and young scientists of the department. At the club meetings, which are held every month more than a year, topical issues are discussed related to contemporary human- geographical research, the science development, youth scientific research, etc.
The club activities are based on democratic principles. Everybody can take part in the club, from first-year students to the dean. The meeting are held according to the approved plan, students offer the topics of meetings. The club holds in the the form of debates, where some students act as speakers on a particular topic, and others – as opponents and referees. Experts usually act as independent observers – students, PhD students, professors from other university departments or representatives of local and regional governments level, depending on the discussed topic.
Knowledge and skills acquired by students during discussion club meetings, help young people better to understand modern society challenges, encourage them to active scientific research, form the ability to work in a team, to find innovative solutions in solving various problems, they foster tolerant communication, form speaking skills, etc. Participation in debates of the scientific discussion club also helps students to develop other important personality values, especially – increases the learning motivation, develops self-awareness, teaches objectively evaluate themselves and their classmates, allows students expressing their thoughts freely, to develop scientific speech, etc.
Participation in the scientific discussion club also foster training students to scientific conferences, colloquiums, seminars, because during debates they learn clearly to express their opinion, to build their speech logically structured and consistently, to defend their own point of view, to give a review to their opponents, etc. .
So, thought out and precise organization of such educational work forms as a discussion clubs fosters increasing creative students activity, raising contribution of young researchers in the research activity not only the department, and the whole staff of the university.
|№||Topic of the meeting||Date of the meeting||Responsible for the meeting|
|1.||Young science at Kharkov National University: ideas, start-ups and ways to implement them. The experience of the University of Girona.||September 2018||Josep Vila Subiros, Kateryna Kravchenko, PhD students, marter students|
|2.||Academic mobility of young scientists and students: exchange of experience, search for grants, prospects for cooperation||October 2018||Kateryna Kravchenko, PhD students, marter students|
|3.||Scientific publications: how to choose the actual scientific issues and prepare an article which is competitive in the global scientific space||November 2018||Kateryna Kravchenko, PhD students, marter students|
|4.||Preparation of student research papers: exchange of experience||December 2018||Kateryna Kravchenko, PhD students, marter students|
|5.||Scientific debates on the development of geographical science in Ukraine and the world||February 2019||Kateryna Kravchenko, PhD students, marter students|
|6.||«Welcome to Human Geography of the world» - meeting of the discussion club in English dedicated to the global trends in the development of human geography||March 2019||Kateryna Kravchenko, PhD students, marter students|
|7.||Discussion of the results of the International Scientific and Practical Conference of Students, PhD students and Young Scientists "Region - 2019: Human-geographical Aspects." Summing up the activities of the discussion club in the 2018-2019 academic year||April 2019||Kateryna Kravchenko, PhD students, marter students|
Information about the discussion clubs held in 2016-2017 academic year
On September 28, 2016 a meeting of the discussion club was held at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies on the topic: "Features of the organization of scientific research work of students: human-geographical directions, opportunities, problems, contradictions". Students, PhD students, doctoral students and lecturers of the department discussed issues related to the organization of students’ research work, problems of enhancing students participation of the department in students’ academic mobility programs.
Guests of the of the discussion club were, in particular, PhD in geography, engineer of the research sector of regional problems of politics and economics Koroma N.S. and engineer of the research sector of regional problems of politics and economy Kozyr M.M. (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), who acquainted those present with features of geographical research on the basis of search systems of popular social networks.
On October 26, 2016 a meeting of the discussion club was held at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies on the topic: "Round table with the leading scientists-human geographers of Ukraine in the field of human geography." D.Sc. in Geography, professors of the Department prof. Niemets K.A. and Mezentsev K.V. took place in discussion and made reports on the use of the latest research methods in human geography.
On November 23, 2016 a meeting of the discussion club was held at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies on the topic: "Route practices as the basis for the formation of experts’ practical competencies in the field of human geography, recreation and tourism". During the meeting, students of the GC-32 group shared their impressions from the practice in different regions of Western and Northern Ukraine to the students of the GC-22 group, who will have practice this summer.
On December 14, 2016 a meeting of the discussion club was held at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies on the topic: "Features of the study grassroots administrative-territorial units (illustrated by Kupyansky district of Kharkov region)". The students of the GC-42 group presented a report on the complex study and research expedition in the Kupyansky district of Kharkov region, in which features of the socio-economic development of this district were revealed. The students also shared their impressions of the practice and answered all questions to the students of the GC-32 group, who will have practice this summer.
On March 22, 2017 a meeting of the discussion club was held at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies on the topic: "Industral practices and their role in the formation of professional skills of human geographers". The 5th year students told students, PhD students and lecturers of the department about results of industrial practice in research and educational institutions of the city of Kiev.
On April 12, 2017 a meeting of the discussion club was held at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies on the topic: "Summing up the discussion club for the year and rewarding its active participants". During the meeting students, excellent students and winners of various university, all-Ukrainian and international conferences were awarded with certificates of honor.