Intro to Geospatial Science in Anthropology and Archaeology (3) This course is a practical, data driven, introduction to applications of Geospatial tools in anthropological and archaeological research.
ANTH 421 Intro to Geospatial Science in Anthropology and Archaeology (3)
As anthropologists, we are interested in humans, how humans interact with each other, and how that interaction is modulated by space and place. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of spatial theory in anthropology, and the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as a tool in anthropological and archaeological research designs. Students will gain familiarity with geospatial technologies, their use as a tool for data creation, storage and manipulation, and a broad array of data analyses. The course is relevant to anyone documenting or investigating spatial dimensions of human social behavior. Students will gain familiarity with GIS software, its use as a tool for data creation, and a broad array of data analyses.
This class will be offered each Fall semester. It will introduce students to sources and uses of data in addressing anthropological or archaeological research questions. It will prepare the student for more advanced spatial analysis courses such as Advanced Geospatial Science for Anthropologists and Archaeologists. Students will be expected to develop a research project which uses GIS as a tool to address broader anthropological research questions. The class will culminate in the development of a research contract for a future fieldwork project. A list of sample topics is provided. Students will be expected to develop an original and functioning GIS which addresses their research question. The purpose of this exercise is to introduce the student to all stages in the development and operationalization of an anthropological research GIS in the development of an archaeological or anthropological project. There are two components to this class: classroom and labs. The classroom component will consist of lectures and discussions. The student will receive hands-on experience with GIS applications during the laboratory component of the class. The laboratory component will enable students to gain experience applying the concepts discussed in class to archaeological data through use of GIS programs in a technology classroom setting. Data used in the laboratory exercises derive from actual anthropological and archaeological fieldwork. Students are expected to complete labs in one of the several computer labs across campus that have GIS software installed. Grades are based upon the completion of 12 lab exercises, a draft of a proposed contract, the final contract and a short presentation of the proposed contract to the class. This course will fulfill three credits of the requirement in both the Minor and Major in Anthropology. This is the first part of a two part course. The second part of this course is called Advanced Geospatial Science for Anthropologists and Archaeologists.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.