This course asks how can we use maps to reveal spaces of possibility for human potential? How can spatial analysis interrogate geographies in ways that highlight the human elements of agency and powers? Why and how is critical GIS essential in an era of environmental crisis?

This course combines theory, methods, and applications geared towards helping participants develop an understanding of critical spatial data analysis. Mapping encompasses a range of activities that give users the ability to create locational reference to places on a map. In this course we dig deeper to explore how place referencing fits in the range of services offered in a GIS system with a critical lens. This course provides participants with practical experience of geoprocessing analytics such as georectification, overlay analysis, and spatial data extraction. These techniques will be applied to a variety of social and environmental issues using both ArcGIS and QGIS, two popular spatial tools. The instructor will provide the datasets necessary for the course. Prior to class, participants will need to have QGIS installed on their laptops. This course is designed for anyone with an interest in mapping or GIS broadly.