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Spring 2018

Listed below are courses teaching GIS or using GIS as a core technology in an application discipline.  You may also search the Harvard Course Catalog for any courses that contain the keywords of 'GIS' or 'Map' in their descriptions.

ANTHRO 2020 - GIS & Spatial Analysis In Archaeology

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jason Ur

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.

ISMT E-150 - Introduction to GIS

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jeff Blossom

This course introduces the concepts and components of a geographic information system (GIS). It also teaches the essential skills of spatial data management, analysis, and visualization through the use of the ArcGIS software package. Upon completion of this course, students understand the fundamental concepts of a GIS including spatial data models, spatial analysis, and cartographic principles.

GOV 1009 - Advanced Geographical Information Systems Workshop

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jill Kelly

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.   

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GOV 94DN - Mapping Social and Environmental Space

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jill Kelly

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.

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SCI 6322 - Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation

Spring 2018
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.  Over the course of a semester, students will work extensively with techniques of geospatial analysis in GIS.

GHP 534 - Introduction to Spatial Methods for Public Health

Spring 2018
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.

CSCI E-8 - Web GIS: Technologies and Applications

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Pinde Fu

Web GIS, as the combination of the web and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), is a new and promising field. It has unlocked the power of GIS, and put online maps and geospatial intelligence in the offices of millions and the hands of billions. This course aims to provide students with the essential web GIS knowledge needed for managing web GIS projects, teach students the latest web GIS technologies needed for building modern web GIS apps, and inspire students with real world application case studies.

ENVR E-118b - Sustainable Tourism, Regional Planning, and Geodesign

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Megan Epler Wood; Stephen M. Ervin

This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide. Students learn to present quantitative and qualitative economic, sociocultural, and environmental data, to determine the best management of vital natural and social resources, and to build scenarios that include the impacts of climate change, including approaches to mitigation and adaptation, over the next 20-30 years.

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