Geog 1502: Mapping Our World
In Mapping Our World, we learn about maps and other spatial technologies like phones, drones, and GPS . We use professional web-based tools to make maps for class, jobs, and fun. Along the way, we see how mapping is a way to see interactions between technology and society, and see how spatial technology saves lives, rigs elections, and spies on you and everyone else.
The course is fully online and uses readings, lectures, activities, and labs.
All materials are free, including an online textbook, labs, and professional mapping tools that you can use in courses, your job, or for fun.
The course is worth three credits and there are no prerequisites.
Help is available via office hours every weekday.
Fulfills TWO Liberal Education (LE) requirements, the Social Sciences Core and the Society and Technology Theme.
Grading, format, and workload
Grading. We focus on participation via activities, labs, and two online exams:
20% Class participation through activities
50% Online labs with web-mapping and other technologies
30% Exams (online, open-book, and multiple choice)
Class Format. All parts of the class are online:
30% Lecture and other material
20% Small group activities
30% Mapping labs
Workload. In addition to lectures, discussion, activities, and labs noted above, the course involves:
15 Pages reading per week (but lots of pictures!)
10 Pages writing per semester
Geog 1502 has been a fully online course for many years and uses a mix of approaches. It is mostly asynchronous in that each week has a topical focus and the readings, lectures, and labs can be done within a week-long window. Some activities and the two exams have a shorter window of one to three days for completion. See the syllabus for details!
Spring 2022 will be offered!
Free text: Mapping, Society, and Technology
Free mapping software: SocialExplorer