Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SSI3021: Mapping the Social World: Introduction to Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
This module provides an applied introduction to spatial analysis using GIS in the social sciences. Students will learn about spatial construction of place, basic mapping skills and spatial data creation and geoprocessing, and statistical methods to explore and model spatially referenced data using ArcGIS software. These spatial skills can be used in a variety of careers, including law enforcement, public policy analysis, and data-driven journalism.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Advanced modelling of geographic objects such as specific locations (e.g., buildings or events such as crimes), networks (e.g., streets), and bounded areas (e.g., counties);|
2. learn how to collect, manage, and edit spatial data at an advanced level (including administrative records and self-collected data) for use with spatial analytic software (such as ArcGIS Pro);
3. develop critical thinking skills for reviewing and interpreting spatial data;
4. create and analyse the results of spatial statistical models at an advanced level;
|Discipline-Specific Skills||6. apply advanced spatial analysis methods to social science problems;|
7. demonstrate and explain different methods of spatial analysis and their implications for relevant policy;
|Personal and Key Skills||8. use spatial analytic software to analyse social data; and|
9. demonstrate sophisticated written analytical skills by producing a clear data report on deadline.