Geog 1502: Mapping Our World

Course overview

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.

Key features

Grading, format, and workload

Grading. We focus on participation via activities, labs, and two online exams:

Class Format. All parts of the class are online:

Workload.  In addition to lectures, discussion, activities, and labs noted above, the course involves:

Quick info

Geog 1502 has been fully online for many years and uses a mix of approaches.  It is mostly asynchronous.  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!

Contact: geog1502@umn.edu

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Free text: Mapping, Society, and Technology

Free mapping software: SocialExplorer