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Topics in Anthropology (490-0-25)


Mapping People, Place, and Space


Mark William Hauser
1812 Hinman Ave., Room #205, EV Campus

Meeting Info

ANTHRO Sem Rm B07 - 1810 Hinmn: Wed 3:00PM - 5:50PM

Overview of class

This course is concerned with the method, theory, and practice underlying spatial analysis using tools such as GIS to understand human landscapes in the past and present. We will focus on the kinds of data, methods of analysis, and frames of interpretation of landscapes in the past and present. In this course students will be exposed to underlying theories of space in the interpretation of ancient and modern landscapes and gain practical experience collecting and analyzing spatial data in the context anthropological research. While case studies will be drawn from a variety of contexts in anthropology, the course is relevant to anyone who wishes to analyze data about and within the spatial and temporal contexts of the research they are conducting.

Learning Objectives

1) Identify, describe and discuss key issues in the anthropology of people, place and space, specifically around two themes:

2) Critically compare how Space Matters as an active element in social, political, and cultural processes, enabling actions and constraining possibilities

3) Analyze and reflect on how Representing Space Matters especially as relates it to the methodologies and tools used to collect and analyze spatial data within the landscape.

Class Materials (Required)

Readings provided on Canvas

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for Graduate Students.