Course Syllabus

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are tools for managing, describing, analyzing, and presenting information about relationships between what happens and where it happens. Through GIS, geographic features are tied to attribute data describing aspects of those features – some qualitative such as land use and some quantitative such as demographic information. For its analytical possibilities and because its techniques allow one to represent social and environmental data as a map, GIS has become an important tool across a variety of fields for studying urban and rural areas alike, including planning, architecture, engineering, public health, environmental science, epidemiology, and business. Further, GIS has become an important political instrument allowing communities and regions to (geo)graphically tell their stories.

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