Sep 22, 2019
GEOG 111 - The Power of Maps
Investigates the problem-solving potential and societal implications of maps and location technologies, including online maps, GPS, geographic information systems (GIS), Google Earth, and virtual reality. Discusses critical map reading, privacy, and mapping for social justice. Course will be offered every year (Fall and Winter).
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- Explain how people make maps using digital technology, and discuss possibilities for addressing real-world problems using digital and online maps.
- Discuss and put in practice the science of how maps communicate, including the elements of measurement, spatial reference, database technology, and artistic design that allow the earth to be represented digitally and on paper.
- Demonstrate how GPS and other satellite-based navigation systems can operate in tandem with spatial databases to solve problems.
- Tell what a geographic information system (GIS) is and list career opportunities that use GIS, maps, and other location technologies.
- Use an online mapping and analysis program to demonstrate how GIS can support decision making
- Explain how social and cultural contexts and design choices by a cartographer influence maps. Interpret maps from the news and current events with a critical eye.
- Discuss privacy and surveillance issues associated with maps and location technology.
- Explain how maps can empower. Give examples of how maps have been used for social justice, sustainability, and crisis response.
- Explain how maps can endanger and marginalize. Give examples of how maps have been used for earning money, obtaining power, instigating conflict, and enabling violence.
- Use virtual reality and 3D visualizations to enhance an understanding of a place or tell a story more effectively through maps.
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