SOC128 © 2001 Dan Ryan

Geographic Information Systems and Sociological Geography
Mills College SOC128
Spring 2001 -- Dan Ryan

Books

Available to purchase Mnemonic
Kraak & Ormelling  Cartography
K&O
Wood The Power of Maps
POM

 
 Week 1
Tu: Introduction to the Course
Structure of the course.  Requirements.  Maps and the real world.  Computers and maps.  Computer prereqs.
LAB 1: Getting Started
Find acceptable meeting time; email instructor; save a file to the file server; post to class bulletin board.
Carry out the instructions with Project 1: London Maps.

 
Th: What is GIS?  What is spatial data?  What is "sociological geography"?
What is GIS?  Uses of GIS.  Intro to spatial data.  GIS and cartography.  Examples: TGV & weather.
 
 Week 2
Tu: Making and Using Maps at the Neighborhood Level
Advances in access to geographic data.  Overview of community data sources.
  • MYC Ch2. "Using Geographic Data: Framework and Approach"
  • Changes in community initiatives.  Planning.  Assessing conditions and trends.  Mapping and "partnering."
  • MYC Ch3. "Using Geographic Data: Case Studies"
  • 17 case studies from the early 1990s.
    Lab 2: Making Maps by Hand
    We'll use string, a ruler, and a compass and the method of triangulation to accurately map a portion of the Mills Campus.
  • Greenhood, "The Survey" [LQs]
  • Th: Maps and Reality
     Week 3
    Tu: Spatial Data: Sources, Formats, Documentation
    Lab 2: What can we learn about our neighborhood from the net?
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    Tu: Maps Represent but Don't Equal the Real World
    Maps communicate as much by what they don't show as by what they do.  We'll discuss how every type of map omits content and fudges details in order to do the job it is intended to do.
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     Week 2
    Scale, Projection and other Map Math
    K&O Ch5. "Topography and Base Maps"
    Georeferencing, 3D geometry, map projections.  Generalization.  Relief.  Spatial infrastructure agencies and organizations.
    US Census Data and Base Maps
    MYC Ch4. "Catalog of Data Sources"

     
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    Tu: The Visual Design of Maps
    Symbols.  Graphic variables.  Colors.  Text on maps.
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    Tu: Introduction to Statistical Mapping
    Data analysis.  Frequency analysis, histograms, breakpoints, etc.  Charts, etc. on maps.  Mapping methods (chlorpleths, isolines, etc.).
    Lab: Thematic Maps I
    Th: Thematic Maps II

     
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  • K&O Ch8. "Cartographic Tools"
  • Some practical considerations of map production.
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    K&O Ch9. "Advanced Mapping Environments"
    Electronic Atlases, multimedia maps, animated maps, etc.

    Mapping Cyberspace

    POM Ch7. "The Interest the Map Serves Can be Yours"
    K&O Ch10. "Cartography at Work: Maps as Decision Tools"
    How to use maps in the real world.  The creation of general purpose spatial databases.
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     Week 
    Foundations
    Introduction: Don't Know Much about Geography?

    Assignment

    1. * Hand drawn version of your mental map.  Identify different layers (at least 3) and indicate for each the kinds of objects it contains (points, lines, regions).  What to hand in: hand drawn map with inset box describing layers.

    2. * Visit atlas "table" in library.  Identify your favorite one.  Use various atlases to fill in and learn the US states, major US cities, counties and other features near Mills, and the countries and bodies of water around the former Yugoslavia.  What to hand in: handout with labels added in a cartographically attractive manner.

    Online Tutorials and Guides

    Learn all about GIS from the UK's Ordinance Survey
     

    How Much Can We Learn About Our Neighborhood Online?

    Exercise

    Select 5 cities or five locations in a city.  Determine how far apart they are by car, foot, train, plane, bus, etc.

    Mapping on the Net

    Go to Mapquest.com and get driving directions from your home (i.e., where you lived before coming to Mills) to Mills College.
     

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
                          Washington, DC 20500
    Go to Oakland Online Maproom
     

    Geography, Cartography, Sociology, and GIS

    Overview of social science and geography.  Basic terms and definitions.  Description of different "subfields" in which spatial thinking is relevant.  Spatial thinking in history of sociology.  Fundamentals of GIS.
    In Class Geography Quiz: US states, Bay Area counties.
    Readings Readings Assignment: Points, Lines, Areas Exercise.  Having any trouble re-opening your workspaces?  Take a look here.

    Projections and Scale
    Readings

    Assignment #3 Cartographic Elements and Projections
    Lying With Maps I  – Thematic Maps
    Readings Geographic Data I  – Geocoding by Name
    Readings Assignment
      Create a maplayer containing your data and two versions of a thematic map with supporting text showing how very different spins can be put on the data, depending how you map it.  Your essay should include both maps embedded, a description of each and a discussion of the "manipulation" technique you used to produce them.

    Geographic Data I  – Geocoding by Address and Coordinate

    Readings Sociology...
    Readings
  • Monmonier, "Data Maps: Making Nonsense of the Census," pp. 139-162 in How to Lie With Maps.
  • Doyle, pp. 196-99.
  • Scan  Census subject definitions, especially Household & Family, Poverty, Race, Hispanic Origin, Education,
  • Census Maps, Blocks, Blockgroups, Tracts, Metropolitan Area

  • Optional Assignment.
      Peruse STF3A documentation and table listing and select a few items that interest you.  Use Census Lookup to download the data (here's how) and prepare for mapping.
    Geography and the US Census II

    Readings

    Optional Assignment.
      Option 1: Peruse STF3A documentation and table listing and select a few items that interest you.  Use Census Lookup to download the data (here's how) and prepare for mapping.
    Mapping Cities I
    Readings Optional Mapping Cities II

    Geography of Health and Disease I
    Readings

    Geography of Health and Disease II
    Readings Social and Geographic Aspects of the Environment I

    Readings

    Advanced Mapping Skills

    Beginner's Guide to Graphic Design

    Readings Data Formats, Converstions, Geographical Data in the Real World

    Introduction to Statistical Issues in Cartography
    Readings


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    Mapping Movement and Change
    Readings

    Politics and Maps
    Readings Where to Go From Here: Research and Career Options Using GIS

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