- Code ASIA8046
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Geography, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Asia-Pacific Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Jack Fenner
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.
Maps are a great way to communicate information. While paper wayfinding maps have given way to online maps and computer-generated directions, thematic maps that show geographic aspects of phenomena are now more abundant than ever. Maps have likewise become important in the humanities and social sciences, both as a subject to investigate and as a concise means of presenting research results. This course investigates both of these aspects, providing insight into the social life of maps as well as the techniques and tools needed to make your own maps. Each week one lecture will focus on theoretical aspects, such as critical cartography or the recent rise of volunteered geographic information, while a second lecture will introduce key mapping practices such as the appropriate use of colour. 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 thematic map with a span ranging anywhere from a single archaeological excavation pit to some aspect of modern life covering several city neighbourhoods.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critique approaches for communicating via maps
- Produce appropriate spatial data and apply GIS techniques to creating maps
- Explain advanced spatial analysis concepts in the social sciences and humanities
- Graded lab exercises: 4% each, 8 of 9 counted; (32) [LO 1,2]
- Exams (2): 10% for first exam, 20% for second exam; (30) [LO 1,3]
- Individual Project (38) [LO 1,2]
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2 hours of lecture/discussion and a 2.5 hour lab session each week, plus reading and independent project time. Estimated at 10 hours/week. The total workload for the course is 130 hours for the whole semester including in-class time and independent study.
Attendance at lab sessions and ability to use a computer.
Course materials are available on Wattle or via the ANU library website.
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 and cartographic practices. The specific publication list will be provided via Wattle.
Assumed KnowledgeSome basic familiarity with computer use. No GIS software experience assumed.
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