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GOV 1008 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Fall 2017
Instructor(s)  Jill Kelly

This courses teaches the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a collection of hardware and software tools that allow users to visualize and analyze geographic data in its spatial configuration. Students will learn the theory of geospatial analysis alongside practical methods for acquiring, manipulating, displaying, and analyzing cartographic data.    Listing in Harvard Course Catalog

VIS 2129 - Spatial Analysis and the Built Environment

Fall 2017
Instructor(s)  Andres Sevtsuk

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.

HIST 1952 - Mapping History

Fall 2017
Instructor(s)  Kelly A. O'Neill

The history of maps and mapping from the age of Enlightenment to the era of GIS and GeoJSON. We will examine the way states and individuals have used maps to create ideas, shape policies, and generate political and cultural capital. We will also study the production of maps ? both print-based and digital ? by historians themselves. What new insights about the past can we gain by mapping it? How are innovations in cartographic technology changing the way historians think and write? In today?s interactive digital environments, where does the map end and history begin?

SCI 6354 - Advanced Spatial Analysis

Spring 2017
Instructor(s)  Andres Sevtsuk

The course will investigate a number of qualitative and quantitative methods to measure and analyze urban spatial problems relevant to contemporary urban planning practice. The course is based in part on literature on spatial analysis and in part on newly emerging topics in urban analytics. It offer students tools for integrating spatial information and decision making into planning and design solutions.

GHP 534 - Introduction to Spatial Methods for Public Health

Spring 2017
Instructor(s)  Marcia Castro

This is an introductory level course in the conceptual and analytic tools used to understand how spatial distributions of exposure impact on processes and patterns of disease.

GOV 1009 - Advanced Geographical Information Systems Workshop

Spring 2017
Instructor(s)  David Strohschein

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.

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.

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