11.520
Workshop on Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This course builds on material covered in 11.205, which is a prerequisite. The class includes hands-on spatial analysis exercises using real-world data sets. It builds toward an independent 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 power and positionality within the research design process.

We encourage even those students with some GIS background to take 11.520, as it is tailored to GIS applications within planning and design and emphasizes the role of reflective practice in GIS. It is also a supportive venue in which to complete independent projects that may develop into theses.