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The Faculty of Geography
The Department of Economic and Social Geography


The Head of the Department

Nikokay V. BAGROV, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Doctor of Science (Geography), Professor, Hero of Ukraine
Phone: +38 (0652) 60-85-44
E-mail: bagrov@tnu.crimea.ua


The Department of Economic Geography was created in 1936 in the Crimean Pedagogical Institute. In 1982 it was renamed into Department of Economic and Social Geography. Since 1999, the head of the department has been Professor N.V.Bagrov. Before 1999, 6 scientists directed the department, among them Professor I.T.Tverdokhlebov, who was the head of the Department for the longest period (1953-1991).
In 1963, postgraduate study was opened at the Department. Among the specialists who finished postgraduate study at the Department of Economic and Social Geography, are N.V.Bagrov - the Rector of Tavricheskiy National University, M.G.Nikitina – The head of the Department of International Economy of Tavricheskiy National University, I.M.Yakovenko – the head of the Department of Tourism of Tavricheskiy National University, N.S.Mironenko - the head of the Department of the World Economy of Geographical Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow University. Preparation of candidates of geographical science is conducted not only through postgraduate study, but also through competition. For the period of its existence, faculty teachers and post-graduate students have protected over 40 candidate’s and 3 doctor's dissertations on speciality “Economic and Social Geography”, published more than 500 proceedings, including more than 20 monographies.
The Department among one of the first in the former Soviet Union began preparation of specialists on local lore and tourism. In 1970’s under direction of professor I.T.Tverdokhlebov the Crimean Scientific School of Recreational Geography was organized at the Department. Now under direction of Professor N.V.Bagrov the new Scientific School of Political Geography and Geopolitics is being formed.
Up to 2006 the faculty prepared specialists on two specialities: "Geography" and "Tourism". In June of 2006 new scientific department was born on the basis of the Department of Economic and Social Geography – the Department of Tourism.
In 1980’s the Department conducted preparation of economic geographers for the countries of Asia and Africa. Now the Department annually graduates 25 bachelors and specialists of the day-time form of training and 20 – on correspondence. There is a magistracy at the Department.
Teaching activity is carried out by 11 faculty members, including 1 Doctor of Geographical Science and 8 Candidates of Geographical Science.


There are three specializations at the Department: Political Geography and Geopolitics; Geotechnology of Sustainable Territory Development; Recreational Economy.


  • Fundamentals of Marketing. Management of the International Tourism. Marketing and Logistics in Tourism. Fundamentals of Management. Geography of the Population. Economic and Social Geography of Crimea. Management, Marketing and Advertising in Tourism (G.A. Galukh, Assosiate Professor);
  • Methods of Geographical Researches. Concepts of Regional Development of Crimea. Modern Problems of Geography (S.A. Karpenko, Assosiate Professor);
  • Historical Geography with Fundamentals of Ethnography. The Theory of Geographical Determinism. Fundamentals of Anthropogeography. Fundamentals of Humanistic Geography. Elective Systems and Electoral Geography. Regional Geopolitics. Archeology and History of Crimea. Political Geography and Fundamentals of Geopolitics (S.N. Kiselev, Assosiate Professor);
  • Statistics. Economic Statistical Methods in Recreation. Tourist Statistics. Methods of Geography Teaching. Methods of Out-of-Class Work. Methods of Ecology and Geography Teaching in the Higher School. Geography of Transport (М.В. Kuznetsov, Assosiate Professor);
  • Economic and Social Geography of Ukraine. Business Economics. The International Financial and Credit Relations. The Global Commodity Markets. Integration Processes in the Modern World. Fundamentals of Scientific Researches. Geography of the Multinational Corporation. Geography of External Economic Links (L.A. Ozhegova, Assosiate Professor);
  • Excursion Techniqes with Fundamentals of Museology. Regional Economic and Social Geography. Geourbanistics. Geography of Large World Cities. Regional Economic and Social Geography of the CIS. International Tourism. Geography of Recreational Regions of the World. Regional Geography. Management in Tourist and Hotel Business. Legal Fundamentals of Tourist Activity. History of Global Tourism (G.V. Sazonova, Assistant);
  • Fundamentals of Public Geography. Ethnogeography of Crimea. Medical Geography of the World. Technical and Economic Fundamentals of Manufacture. Social Geography. Ethnogeography. Management of Establishments of School and Preschool Education. Management of Secondary and Higher School Establishments (N.S. Sakhnova, Assosiate Professor);
  • Techniques of Excursions. Organization of Tourist Routes and Tours. Economy and Organization of Tourism. Labour Resourses of Ukraine. Management of Tourist Activity. Fundamentals of Hotel Economy. Fundamentals of Hospitality (G.G. Ferbey, Assistant);
  • Cultural Science. Geographical Fundamentals of Civilizations Study. Geography of the World Economy. The Basic Concepts of Public Geography. Geography of World Culture. Contemporary Global Problems (A.B. Shvets, Assosiate Professor);
  • Regional Economic and Social Geography. Regional Geography. Study of Local Lore. Economic and Social Geography of the CIS. Fundamentals and Technics of Tourism. Fundamentals of Museology and School Tourism (V.M. Shumskiy, Assosiate Professor).


In the course of structural and substantial transformations which occured in 2006 at the Department, the staff accepted a number of leading principles:

  • Modern economic geographer should understand laws of development of the globalized world, be able to explain specificity of political aspirations and orientations of various countries, master laws of functioning of world economy, understand trends of formation of civilizations and their cultures, be able to estimate correctly transformation processes in the Ukrainian society.
  • The profession of the geographer should be demanded by society. With this purpose the social and economic geography should have such training courses which allow graduates to acquire the knowledge to compete at the labour market. The task of saturation of special courses with economic disciplines, Sociology, Linguistics (Foreign Language), Polytology, etc. at the Department therefore is necessary.
  • The present stage of development of social and economic geography is characterized by expansion of perception of fundamental concept "geographical space". Today to everyone who is engaged in geography, it is necessary to understand, that banal concept of geography as a science about sightseeing and distribution of facilities is hopelessly obsolete. The image of geospace became manysided and is more multidimensional. The problem of development of a new sight at what the geographer who is learning modern transformations of geospace should know and study therefore is necessary.
  • The special attention should be given to technicalization of geographical knowledge – introduction of methods of the information analysis and geoinformation technologies.
  • Social and economic geography should prepare specialists, estimate opportunities of regional resource base and offer strategy of optimum use of these resources. The concept "resources" should be treated in this case widely – as material, spiritual and even virtual formations. The task of preparation of geographers-managers to operate the territory is necessary.

In conformity with the listed principles, the curricula of the Department are built. They have interdisciplinary character and include not only geographical, but also other courses promoting the development of specialists’ wide outlook on economic and social geography.
Preparation of specialists is conducted in conformity with recommendations of Bologna Process. During last three years, the staff conducts the control of students’ knowledge using the credit-modular system accepted in the European high schools.

Scientific work

The Department of Economic and Social Geography passed several stages of its scientific activity. For long time at the Department the idea of development of theory and practice of recreational geography was of high priority. Then the idea of mathematization of economic-geographical researches appeared. Now the Department is oriented at comprehension of theoretical and methodical and applied aspects of inclusion of geographical knowledge in global process of creation of the information society.
Mainstream of researches of the Department is aimed at the development of strategy of inclusion of economic and social geography in the process of assistance of informatization of Crimean regional community.
For realization of this object, the studies of possibilities of perfection of geographic technologies of regional management, exploration of transformation processes in social and cultural spheres of the Crimean regional community, optimization of steady development researches in the sphere of recreational activity of the Crimean region are carried out at the Department.
At the Department of Economic and Social Geography research blocks of Scientific School of Political Geography and Geopolitics are made out including Geoglobal Studies; Electoral Geography; Regionalistics.

Scientific interests of the staff of the Department:

  • Formation and Development of Information Society, Geoglobal Studies, Regional Geopolitics (N.V. Bagrov);
  • Geographical Marketing and Management, Geography of Population, Recreational Geography (G.A. Galukh);
  • Geographical Technologies of Management of Region, Geoglobal Studies (S.A. Karpenko);
  • Political Geography, Geopolitics, Regionalistics, Historical Geography (S.N. Kiselev);
  • Economic Development of Territory, Statistics, Geography of Transport, Technique of Teaching of Geography (М.В. Kuznetsov);
  • Geography of the Agriculture, Geography of Transnational Corporations, Economic Geography of Ukraine (L.A. Ozhegova);
  • Ethnogeography, Theory of Public Geography, Recreational Geography (N.S. Sakhnova);
  • Geourbanistics, Regionalistics, Conducting of Excursions (G.V. Sazonova);
  • Recreational Geography, Organization of Tourist and Excursion Activity (G.G. Ferbey);
  • Theory of Public Geography, Geography of Culture, Geoglobal Studies, Geoconflictology (A.B. Shvets);
  • Study of Regions, Recreational Geography, Geoglobal Studies (V.M. Shumskiy).


The Department maintains creative contacts with the staff of economic geographers of I.I.Mechnikov Odessa National University, T.G.Shevchenko Kiev National University, Institute of Geography of National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU), M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University.
In 2002 the staff of the Department took part in the international scientific and educational programs – the Scientific Seminar on Problems of Territorial Planning in higher technical school of Rappersville (Switzerland) and Summer School of Regionalistics in Warsaw (Poland).
In 2003 the Department together with the staffs of Institute of Geography of NASU and Institute of High Technologies (Kiev) took part in preparation of the first regional volume of the National Atlas of Ukraine, devoted to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Modern methods of scientific researches – technologies of geographical information systems, digital mapping, automated processing of databases – were widely used at the preparation of the social and economic block of maps of the "Atlas of ARC». "Atlas of ARC" received a small gold medal at the Cartographical Exhibition in Paris.

Publications (in original languages)