GEOG5005 Advanced GIS in the Social Sciences

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Everything on the earth exists in some place and time. As such, location is an important part of understanding the nature of a phenomenon and its relationships with other aspects of a system. In human systems, by considering people in their spatial and temporal contexts we can make informed decisions concerning how humans interact (or have interacted) with their environment. Understanding that humans and their environment are inextricable linked, social science disciplines such as Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Sociology have embraced the use of spatial analytic techniques to examine human–environment interactions across space and time.

This unit exposes students to current and emerging approaches to examining human–environment interactions in the past, present and future. Themes include sociocultural, economic, and political uses of landscape and environment; regional, intra-regional and intra-site spatial analysis; and sociocultural networks, interactions and mobility. Through studying the unit, students gain experience in examining how various components of the human system have been influenced by the natural environment across both space and time.
Students are able to (1) understand a range of applications of geographic information system (GIS) and spatial analysis in the social sciences; (2) apply socio spatial analytic techniques such as social surface analysis, density measures and predictive modelling; and (3) conduct advanced analysis of human–environment interactions across both time and space.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a laboratory portfolio; (2) an individual project; and (3) a presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tom Whitley
Unit rules
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; labs: 2 hours per week
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