- Code ASIA2018
- 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, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
Maps and the process of mapping have long formed an integral aspect of how people interact with the world around them. Understanding how a map was produced, who, why, and what for, can provide a remarkable insight into how a group of people view themselves, their connections to other people, and what they consider important. Being able to interpret, use, and even create your own map are key skills for us to understand these factors, successfully use a map for our own goals, and to communicate such information to others.
This course will consider maps and mapping both as a subject to investigate and as a concise means of presenting research results. Focusing on the region of Asia and the Pacific, we will explore the history of maps, how different cultures utilise and present maps differently, and what these maps can tell us about how different people viewed the region at different times. This exploration will provide students with experience accessing the wealth of resources available for using and researching modern and historical maps of Asia and the Pacific. We will also explore the techniques and tools needed to make your own maps.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Compare approaches for communicating via maps and recognise the techniques applied
- Examine how modern and historic cultures in Asia and the Pacific have created and used maps.
- Produce appropriate spatial data and apply GIS techniques to create basic maps.
- Demonstrate an understanding of spatial analysis concepts.
- Graded lab exercises: 2.5% each, 8 total (20) [LO 1,3,4]
- Online Quizzes x 2 (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- Research Report & Map (1,500 words) (25) [LO 1,3,4]
- Story Map (~2,500 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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 & access a computer.
Course materials are available on Wattle or via the ANU library website.
Some basic familiarity with computer use. No GIS software experience assumed.
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