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Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS Laboratory

This course is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): tools for visualizing and analyzing spatial data. GIS is an invaluable tool that can make maps, guide decisions, answer questions, and advocate for change. The class builds toward a project in which students will critically apply GIS techniques to an area of interest. Students will build data discovery, cartography and spatial analysis skills while learning to reflect on their positionality within the research design process. Because maps and data are never neutral, throughout the class we will incorporate discussions of power, ethics and data as part of a reflective practice.