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GOV 94DN - Mapping Social and Environmental Space

Spring 2017
Instructor(s)  David Strohschein

This seminar will use mapping as a methodological technique to examine social and environmental issues. Students will be expected to use mapping software to examine spatial data for a location and topic of their choice for their final paper. Weekly discussions will be conducted in class on various mapping related topics. References will range from books like "How to lie with Maps" to current journal articles examining the use of GIS in social science.

Spatial Analysis and Representation

Fall 2016
Instructor(s)  TBD

Urban planners engage in many complex processes that defy easy representation. This course provides first-semester urban planning students with the graphic and technical skills needed to reason, design and communicate these processes with geospatial data.

Spatial Analysis and Representation

Fall 2015
Instructor(s)  David Gamble, Robert Pietrusko

Urban planners engage in many complex processes that defy easy representation. This course provides first-semester urban planning students with the graphic and technical skills needed to reason, design and communicate these processes with geospatial data. This knowledge will be embedded within a larger critical framework that addresses the cultural history of categorization, data collection and cartography as tools of persuasion for organizing space.

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

Fall 2015
Instructor(s)  David Smith

This course introduces Geographical Information Systems and their applications. GIS is a combination of software and hardware with capabilities for manipulating, analyzing and displaying spatially referenced information. The course will meet two times a week. Every week, there will be a lecture and discussion as well as a laboratory exercise where students will work with GIS software on the computer.

Advanced Geographical Information Systems Workshop

Spring 2016
Instructor(s)  David Smith

This course is a workshop for students who have taken the introductory Geographical Information Systems course and want to explore detailed applications. The course will meet two times a week for a lecture and a laboratory exercise.

GIS & Spatial Analysis In Archaeology - ANTHRO 2020

Spring 2016
Instructor(s)  Jason Ur, Robert Homsher

An introduction to the GIS and remote sensing methods used by archaeologists to document and analyze datasets at the regional scale. This class will involve the hands-on use of maps, aerial photography, satellite imagery, digital terrain models and GPS-based observations to frame and approach archaeological research questions. Labs will use sample datasets from a variety of regions but students will be responsible for assembling a GIS database for their own region of interest.

Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation - SCI 0632200

Spring 2016
Instructor(s)  Robert Pietrusko

Maps do not represent reality, they create it. As a fundamental part of the design process, the act of mapping results in highly authored views of a site. By choosing what features, forces, and flows to highlight?and implicitly, which to exclude?the designer first creates the reality into which their intervention will be situated and discussed. Furthermore, the usage and materiality of space is increasingly measured, categorized, and circulated by all manners of institutions; these competing data representations often become the primary way of understanding and responding to a site.

Mapping Social and Environmental Space - GOV 94DN

Spring 2016
Instructor(s)  David Smith

This seminar will use mapping as a methodological technique to examine social and environmental issues. Students will be expected to use mapping software to examine spatial data for a location and topic of their choice for their final paper. Weekly discussions will be conducted in class on various mapping related topics. References will range from books like "How to lie with Maps" to current journal articles examining the use of GIS in social science.

Natural Disasters - SCIPHUNV 12

Spring 2016
Instructor(s)  Brendan Meade

Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, claim thousands of lives and cause tens of billions of dollars in damage each year. Moreover, changes in Earth's climate are raising sea level, changing precipitation patterns, and likely causing an increase in the occurrence of damaging storms, putting more of our increasing exposed global population at risk. In this course we develop an understanding of these natural hazards from an earth science perspective, and examine several case studies to assess their catastrophic impacts.

GSD-SCI 06322: Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation

Spring 2015
Instructor(s)  Robert Pietrusko

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Spring 2014: TuTh 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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