Socio-economic development of Russian Far East (Spring/Fall)

COURSE OUTLINE

1. GENERAL

SCHOOL/ DEPARTMENT: Department of Economics and Management
LEVEL OF STUDY: Undergraduate
COURSE TITLE: Socio-economic development of Russian Far East
SEMESTER OF STUDY: (Spring/Fall)
LECTURER & PROGRAM MANAGER: Nikolay Vorontsov

COURSEWORK BREAKDOWN              

TEACHING HOURS                

ECTS CREDITS

Lectures

18

0,5

Laboratory / workshops

18

0,5

Self-study assignment

72

2

Total (1 ECTS = 36 hrs.)

108

3

2. COURSE CONTENTS

Course Description

This course offers an overview of the socio-economic characteristics of the development of the Russian Far East in the past and in the current era, a study of the most important problems of the Far East, the dynamics of the development of the subjects of the Federation located in the Far Eastern Federal District, as well as modern integration processes in the Asia-Pacific region.

The course considers the features of the formation of the state regional policy of Russia in the Far East and its parts, the stages of economic development of the region, the main approaches in the Russian Far Eastern strategy. The course covers the development of the region, the history of the development of the Far East and its most important centers, major infrastructure projects in various eras: during the Russian Empire, in the Soviet era and in modern times.

The internal factors of the development of the Far East, related to the features of state policy, the adoption and implementation of major state programs, the creation of key points of economic growth, the development and implementation of large strategic projects for the development of the Far East and its individual parts are investigated.

The course also examines the external factors of the development of the Far East - its participation in the integration processes of the Asia-Pacific region, the international division of labor, the formation of international transport corridors. The interaction of the Far East with the states of Northeast Asia and North America in the framework of large joint international projects is also to be considered.

Extensive use of audio-visual materials, including videos and other illustrated materials.

Course Objectives

This course will allow students to form an objective idea of the development of the Far East in dynamics, including its current state, problems and future prospects. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the socio-economic situation of the Russian Far East, which can serve as the basis for further study. The course will also: introduce students to contemporary research on the subjects covered; encourage critically formed opinions; develop individual communication and presentation skills through discussion and debate of these issues; foster independent learning; enable analytical and critical thinking skills by exploring these issues in class discussion.

Course and Topical Outline

Class 1 – Topic:         Introduction

General introduction to the course and familiarization with its basics: introduction of students, course overview, expectations and requirements for students.
Recommended Readings:      N/A

Class 2 – Topic:         The Russian Far East: geography, natural resources, administrative divisions, population and demographic processes.            

The geographical framework of the Far East of Russia, the main climatic zones of this region, and the administrative-territorial division are the subjects of the Russian Federation located in the Far East and which are part of the Far Eastern Federal District. Overview of the main demographic indicators of the Far East, the largest cities and other settlements. 

Recommended Readings:
Siberia and the Far East in XXI Century: Problems and Perspectives of Development : Scientific report /edited by Valerii Efimov. Krasnoyarsk : SibFU, 2017, pp. 9-14.

Class 3 – Topic:         The beginning of the development of Eastern Siberia and the Far East. Russia on the Pacific coast: the first ports and trade routes.            

Features of the development of Russian Siberia and the Far East in 17 century. Discoverers of the Far Eastern lands and the first settlers. Relations with local indigenous peoples, the founding of the first cities by the Russians, the Siberian tract, the great tea route and other major trade routes.

Recommended Readings:
Wood, Alan. Russia's Frozen Frontier: A History of Siberia and the Russian Far East 1581-1991. 2011, pp. 22-45.

Class 4 – Topic:         South of the Far East and Russia. Development of Primorye and the Amur region.            

Geographical discoveries of Russian sailors in the Pacific Ocean in the first half of the 19th century; Captain G.I. Nevelsky and Governor General M.N. Muravyov-Amursky; the formation of the Russian-Chinese border; Aigun and Beijing Treaties; accession to Russia of the Amur region, Primorye and Sakhalin; foundation of Blagoveshchensk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok; the beginning of Russian agricultural colonization of the south of the Far East.

Recommended Readings:
Bassin, Mark. Inventing Siberia: visions of the Russian East in the early nineteenth century. American Historical Review 1991, pp.  763-794.
Wood, Alan. Russia's Frozen Frontier: A History of Siberia and the Russian Far East 1581-1991. 2011, pp. 70-95.

Class 5 – Topic:         Porto Franco in the Russian Far East in the pre-revolutionary years.            

The first free ports of Russia in the Far East before the 1917 revolution; features of Russian foreign trade in the Far East in the 18-19 centuries; the creation of Porto Franco in Kamchatka; port-free regime in the south of the Far East in the 19th – early 20th centuries; the history of the port-free regime in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur and in Vladivostok; Port Franco in Dalian on leased Chinese territories; the abolition and restoration of Porto Franco in Vladivostok at the beginning of the XX century.

Recommended Readings:
Emelyanov N. Porto-Franco on the Amur (The Modern Chronicle) // Russian Herald. T. 267, May. 1900. pp. 395-402. https://www.prlib.ru/en/node/358782
Gavrilov S. Along the Kamchatka Coast (Transport and Fishery Development of the Okhotsk–Kamchatka Coast in the Late XIX –  First Third of the XX Centuries). Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 2003.  pp. 20-31.
Shulatov Y. Re-establishing Economic Relations between Russia and Japan after the Russo-Japanese War : The 1907 Treaty of Commerce and Navigation. Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University. 2007. Vol. 20, pp. 100-111.

Class 6 – Topic:         The history of railway development of Siberia and the Far East.            

The first railway construction projects in Eastern Siberia and the Far East; early projects of individual railway lines; first projects of the Trans-Siberian Railway; state efforts to build the Trans-Siberian Railway and its individual sections; China Eastern Railway (CER) and its history; Amur Railway and the Circum-Baikal Railway; projects of the Siberian-Alaskan railway and tunnel through the Bering Strait; the fate of the Trans-Siberian Railway in the Soviet era and at present.

Recommended Readings:
Hooson D. Rec ad op: Tupper H. To the Great Ocean: Siberia and the Trans-Siberian Railway. Toronto. 1965, pp. 16-25.
Wood, Alan. Russia's Frozen Frontier: A History of Siberia and the Russian Far East 1581–1991. 2011, pp. 143-168.

Class 7 – Topic:         The Far East in the Soviet years, economics and demography.            

The Far East after the 1917 revolution and the Civil War in Russia; development of the Far East in the context of the new economic policy (NEP); foreign concessions in the Far East and their fate; cross-border trade; transition to a planned economy; industrialization and collectivization in the Far East in 1930-1940; the Far East in the era of Khrushchev and Brezhnev; "Soviet San Francisco" and other major construction projects in the Far East in the 1960-1980s.

Recommended Readings:
Bruce N. Dusting of Siberian gas plans. Far Eastern Economic Review. 1976, pp. 50-52.
Mote V. Pacific-Siberian growth centers: A new soviet commitment. Soviet Union. 1977; pp. 256-270.
North R. The Soviet Far East: New Centre of attention in the USSR. Pacific Affairs. 1978, pp. 195-215.

Class 8 – Topic:         Features of the development of the Far East in the post-Soviet era (1990s).            

The Far East and its subjects separately during the collapse of the USSR and the formation of the Russian Federation; Yeltsin’s economic reforms, liberalization, and economic disruption; 1996 "presidential" development program for the Far East and Transbaikalia; demographic changes in the Far East in the 1990s; privatization and the first private enterprises; opening a region for international economic relations.

Recommended Readings:
Wishnick E. Russia in Asia and Asians in Russia, SAIS Review, 2000, pp. 87-101.
Demyanenko A. Russian Far East: The Formation of Economic Macro region. Regionalistica. 2017. Vol. 4. No. 5, pp. 5-19.

Class 9 – Topic:         Early projects to create free economic zones in the Far East.            

The first projects to create a free enterprise zone and free economic zones in the USSR and Russia; "Perestroika" in the USSR and the study of the foreign experience of the USA and South Korea and China; the choice of territory to create a free economic zone; discussion on the feasibility of creating a free zone.

Recommended Readings:
Vikhoreva S. The Development of Free Economic Zones in Russia, ERINA Report, Vol. 38, 2002.

Class 10 – Topic:       Economic zones of the first generation in the Far East: Zone Nakhodka, Zone Dauria, Zone EVA.            

Creation of the first free economic zone in Nakhodka: expectations and results; projects for the creation of free zones in Transbaikalia and the Jewish Autonomous Region; features of free economic zones of the first generation, systematization of their experience; closure of the first free zones and the reasons for their failure.

Recommended Readings:
Vikhoreva S. The Development of Free Economic Zones in Russia, ERINA Report, Vol. 38, 2002.

Class 11 – Topic:       Sakhalin Free Economic Zone and its role in the development of the region’s economy.            

Features of the Sakhalin region in the 1990-2000s; projects for the development of the Sakhalin oil shelf; attracting international investors to the economy of the Sakhalin Oblast; features of the development of the Kuril Islands in the conditions of the free economic zone.

Recommended Readings:
Siberia and the Far East in XXI Century: Problems and Perspectives of Development : Scientific report /edited by Valerii Efimov – Krasnoyarsk : SibFU, 2017, pp. 129-132.

Class 12 – Topic:       Free economic zones Magadan and features of development of the northern part of the Far East.            

The development of the Magadan region and the north-eastern part of the Far East in the 1990-2000s; creation of a free economic zone in Magadan in 1999; the reasons for creating the zone and its difference from other free economic zones of the first generation.

Recommended Readings:
Siberia and the Far East in XXI Century: Problems and Perspectives of Development : Scientific report /edited by Valerii Efimov – Krasnoyarsk : SibFU, 2017, pp. 118-122.

Class 13 – Topic:       Economic zones of the second generation in the Far East: SEZ Sovetskaya Gavan, SEZ Russky Island.            

Revision of economic policies regarding free economic zones during the presidency of Vladimir Putin; new law on special economic zones and its application in the Far East; special economic zones of port and recreational type; creation of special economic zones in the Khabarovsk and Primorsky territories; the fate of the special economic zones of the second generation.

Recommended Readings:
Efimov V., Laptevа A. Siberia and the Russian Far East in the 21st Century: Scenarios of the Future. Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences 2008, Vol. 10. pp. 1669-1683.

Class 14 – Topic:       New approaches in the management and socio-economic development of the Far East.

Search for the optimal socio-economic development strategy for the regions of the Far East; the creation of the Ministry for the Development of the Far East; measures of the Government of Russia to consolidate and attract the population to the Far East; international cooperation in the Far East.

Recommended Readings:
Kuchins, A., 2014. Russia and the CIS in 2013: Russia’s pivot to Asia. Asian Survey, 54, pp. 129-137.
Osipov V., Krasova, E. Modern specialization of industry in cities of the Russian Far East: Innovation factor of dynamics. Espacios, 2017. Vol. 38, pp. 29-35.

Class 15 – Topic:       Large infrastructure projects in the Far East.            

Preparation and holding of the 2012 APEC Summit in Vladivostok; reconstruction of the Vladivostok city infrastructure, arrangement of Russky Island, construction of bridges and other facilities of the APEC summit; "Russia's turn to the East" and government investment in the regions of the Far East in the 2010-2020s.

Recommended Readings:
Savaley V. Prospects for creating an interregional innovation center in the Russian Far East. Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Economics, 2017. Vol. 8, pp. 1901-1907.
Zausaev V., Kruchak N. and Bezhina VP. A new model for developing the Russian Far East. Problems of economic transition. Routledge, 2017, N. 59, pp. 727-735.

Class 16 – Topic:       Economic zones of the third generation in the Far East: Advanced Special Economic Zones.            

Creation of the Advanced Special Economic Zones in the Far East; regulatory framework and practical implementation of the law on territories of priority development; ASEZ of Primorsky Krai: ASEZ Nadezhdinskaya, Bolshoi Kamen, Mikhailovsky, Petrochemical; ASEZ of the Khabarovsk Territory: Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk, Nikolaevsk; ASEZ of the Amur Region: Svobodny, Belogorsk, Primorsk; ASEZ Transbaikalia and Buryatia; ASEZ and industrial parks of Yakutia, Chukotka and Kamchatka; ASEZ Sakhalin: South, Mountain air, Kuril Islands.

Recommended Readings:
Min, J. and Kang, B. Promoting new growth: “advanced special economic zones” in the Russian Far East. In: Blakkisrud, H. and Wilson Rowe, E., eds. Russia’s turn to the East: domestic policymaking and regional cooperation. Springer International Publishing. 2018, pp. 51-74.

Class 17 – Topic:       Free Port of Vladivostok.            

Creation of modes of the free port of Vladivostok: reasons and prerequisites; territories included in the free port and their potential; features of the development of Vladivostok and adjacent territories during the period of the free port regime.

Recommended Readings:
Avdeev I. The free port of Vladivostok. Problems of economic transition. Routledge. 2018, 59 (10), pp. 707-726.

Class 18 – Topic:       Residents of the Free Port of Vladivostok.            

Resident status of a free port, rights, privileges and obligations, economic and tax benefits; dynamics of the number of residents of a free port; the largest residents are their activities in the development of the economy of the Far East and international economic cooperation.

Recommended Readings:
Avdeev I. The free port of Vladivostok. Problems of economic transition. Routledge. 2018, 59 (10), pp. 707-726.
Melchior A. Post-Soviet trade, the Russian Far East and the shift to Asia. In: Huang, J. and Korolev, A., eds. International cooperation in the development of Russia’s Far East and Siberia. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. 2015, pp. 61-96.

Class 19 – Topic:       International transport corridors in the Far East.            

Creation of international transport corridors in the south of the Far East; corridors Primorye-1 and Primorye-2, the project of the corridor Primorye-3; development of automobile railway and air transport of the Far East in the context of creating international corridors; the role of China in the development of transport in the Far East, the largest joint Russian-Chinese transport projects.

Recommended Readings:
Siberia and the Far East in XXI Century: Problems and Perspectives of Development : Scientific report /edited by Valerii Efimov – Krasnoyarsk : SibFU, 2017, pp. 109-126.

Class 20 – Topic:       State targeted programs for the development of the Far East: history and modernity.            

History of the development of the adoption and implementation of state programs for the development of the Far East; Soviet development programs for the Far East and Transbaikalia; 1987 program and its implementation; 1996 "presidential" development program for the Far East; its implementation; development programs of the Far East during the presidency of Putin; new Far Eastern strategy; The program of development of the Far East until 2025.

Recommended Readings:
Fortescue, S. Russia’s “turn to the east”: a study in policymaking. Post-Soviet affairs. Routledge. 2016, 32, pp. 423-454.
Korolev, A. Russia’s reorientation to Asia: causes and strategic implications. Pacific Affairs. 2016, 89, pp. 53-73.

3. TEACHING  METHODS - ASSESMENT

Grading system used:

Score

Grade

100-91

Excellent

5

90-76

Good

4

75-61

Satisfactory

3

60-0

Unsatisfactory

2

4. BIBLIOGRAPHY

  1. Avdeev I. The free port of Vladivostok. Problems of economic transition. Routledge. 2018, Vol. 59, pp. 707-726.
  2. Bassin, Mark. Inventing Siberia: visions of the Russian East in the early nineteenth century. American Historical Review 1991, pp.  763-794.
  3. Bruce N. Dusting of Siberian gas plans. Far Eastern Economic Review. 1976, pp. 50-52.
  4. Efimov V., Laptevа A. Siberia and the Russian Far East in the 21st Century: Scenarios of the Future. Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences 2008, Vol. 10. pp. 1669-1683.
  5. Emelyanov N. Porto-Franco on the Amur (The Modern Chronicle) // Russian Herald. T. 267, May. 1900. pp. 395-402. https://www.prlib.ru/en/node/358782
  6. Fortescue, S. Russia’s “turn to the east”: a study in policymaking. Post-Soviet affairs. Routledge. 2016, 32, pp. 423-454.
  7. Demyanenko A. Russian Far East: The Formation of Economic Macro region. Regionalistica. 2017. Vol. 4. No. 5, pp. 5-19.
  8. Gavrilov S. Along the Kamchatka Coast (Transport and Fishery Development of the Okhotsk–Kamchatka Coast in the Late XIX –  First Third of the XX Centuries). Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 2003.
  9. Hooson D. Rec ad op: Tupper H. To the Great Ocean: Siberia and the Trans-Siberian Railway. Toronto. 1965, pp. 16-25.
  10. Korolev, A. Russia’s reorientation to Asia: causes and strategic implications. Pacific Affairs. 2016, 89, pp. 53-73.
  11. Kuchins, A., 2014. Russia and the CIS in 2013: Russia’s pivot to Asia. Asian Survey, 54, pp. 129-137.
  12. Melchior A. Post-Soviet trade, the Russian Far East and the shift to Asia. In: Huang, J. and Korolev, A., eds. International cooperation in the development of Russia’s Far East and Siberia. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. 2015, pp. 61-96.
  13. Min, J. and Kang, B. Promoting new growth: “advanced special economic zones” in the Russian Far East. In: Blakkisrud, H. and Wilson Rowe, E., eds. Russia’s turn to the East: domestic policymaking and regional cooperation. Springer International Publishing. 2018, pp. 51-74.
  14. Mote V. Pacific-Siberian growth centers: A new soviet commitment. Soviet Union. 1977; pp. 256-270.
  15. North R. The Soviet Far East: New Centre of attention in the USSR. Pacific Affairs. 1978, pp. 195-215.
  16. Osipov V., Krasova, E. Modern specialization of industry in cities of the Russian Far East: Innovation factor of dynamics. Espacios, 2017. Vol. 38, pp. 29-35.
  17. Savaley V. Prospects for creating an interregional innovation center in the Russian Far East. Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Economics, 2017. Vol. 8, pp. 1901-1907.
  18. Siberia and the Far East in XXI Century: Problems and Perspectives of Development : Scientific report /edited by Valerii Efimov. Krasnoyarsk : SibFU, 2017.
  19. Shulatov Y. Re-establishing Economic Relations between Russia and Japan after the Russo-Japanese War: The 1907 Treaty of Commerce and Navigation. Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University. 2007. Vol. 20, pp. 100-111.
  20. Vikhoreva S. The Development of Free Economic Zones in Russia, ERINA Report, Vol. 38, 2002.
  21. Wishnick E. Russia in Asia and Asians in Russia, SAIS Review, 2000, pp. 87-101.
  22. Wood, Alan. Russia's Frozen Frontier: A History of Siberia and the Russian Far East 1581-1991. 2011, pp. 70-95.
  23. Zausaev V., Kruchak N. and Bezhina VP. A new model for developing the Russian Far East. Problems of economic transition. Routledge, 2017, N. 59, pp. 727-735.

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