• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Policy Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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Maps are an invaluable tool for understanding and presenting research in the social sciences and humanities, but many researchers do not take full advantage of them because of the technical hurdles involved in map making. But those hurdles are getting lower, and this course will provide the theoretical background and technical skills needed to make maps for publications and presentations. Each week one lecture will focus on theoretical aspects, such as Critical Cartography and debates over colonialist maps, while a second lecture will introduce mapping techniques such as interpolation and data representation. During weekly lab periods, students will collect spatial data using GPS, and use spatial data and geographic information system (GIS) software to create maps. Students will also perform an independent project to collect data and create a map with a span ranging anywhere from a single archaeological excavation pit to some aspect of modern life covering several city neighbourhoods.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Critique approaches for communicating via maps
  2. Produce appropriate spatial data and apply GIS techniques to creating maps 
  3. Explain advanced spatial analysis concepts in the social sciences and humanities

Indicative Assessment

  1. Graded lab exercises:  4% each, 8 of 9 counted, 32% total  [LO 1, 2]
  2. Exams (2): 10% for first exam, 20% for second exam; 30% total  [LO 1, 3]
  3. Individual Project:  38%   [LO 1, 2]

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4.5 hours of lecture/lab per week, plus reading and independent project time. Estimated at 10 hours/week.

Preliminary Reading

A selection of articles and chapters covering theoretical aspects of cartography and case studies from the social sciences and humanities. Also instructional material related to GIS use. The specific articles/material to be read have not yet been selected.

Assumed Knowledge

Some basic familiarity with computer use. No GIS software experience assumed.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4045 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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