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

  • 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% Discussion

  • 20% Small group activities

  • 30% Mapping labs

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

Quick info

Covid-19: Geog 1502 has been a fully online course for several years and uses a mix of approaches. It is asynchronous overall 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 below for details!

Contact: geog1502@umn.edu

Share: z.umn.edu/geog1502


Spring 2021 Syllabus | Canvas site

Summer 2021 will be offered!

Free text: Mapping, Society, and Technology

Free mapping software: SocialExplorer