CASA 156
Interpreting Space and Place:
An Introduction to Mapmaking
Where: Building 160, Room 120
When: Fall 2007, Tue & Thurs 9-10:50a
Instructor: Claudia A Engel
Space and place are fundamental components in social analyses. Topics like globalization and migration, urbanization, or archaeological landscapes, implicitly or explicitly invoke questions about location. By helping to trace movements of people, the transformation of places and spatial relationships maps and spatial tools can play a pivotal role as research instrument.
 
Objective of this course is to introduce students to maps, geographical information systems (GIS), and spatial tools and to demonstrate how those can be applied in social research.
 
Readings on selected topics from the social sciences and cultural studies will be complemented by the hands-on exploration of original data sets.