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Spatial Analysis for the Undergraduate Social Science Curriculum

July 12-23, 2004: Santa Barbara, CA

Agenda

Overview
The UCSB workshop provides an introduction to core spatial concepts and analytic tools and their potential value in social science education. The two-week workshop schedule is designed to facilitate an introduction to basic spatial analysis content but also meet participants' specific instructional development goals. The workshop content will progress in three blocks: (1) Core spatial concepts and their implementation in GIS, (2) Spatially integrating social science theory and analysis, and (3) Visualization of social science data. The content will stress basic themes and methods that should transcend disciplinary base. The labs, in contrast, will allow the workshop participants to self select into tracks defined jointly by topic and data type. Small group discussions and teamwork will be used throughout the workshop to facilitate the integration of lectures and lab work with pedagogical development.

All lecture sessions will take place in Ellison Hall, Room 2620. The lab sessions will occur down the hall in the Star Lab.

WEEK I: CORE SPATIAL CONCEPTS AND METHODS

Monday, July 12: Introduction
9:00

Welcome

Don Janelle,
All SPACE Instructors

9:30

Participant Introductions and Statements of Personal Workshop Goals

  • Discussion

Fiona Goodchild, Moderator

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Overview of Spatial Concepts in Social Science Disciplines

  • Examples from undergraduate course planning and lectures with reference to topics in anthropology, economics, political science, sociology, urban studies.
  • Discussion

Stuart Sweeney

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15

Workshop lab logistics and access

Alex Keuper, Rob Farrell

1:45

Small-group Pedagogy Discussion

  • Undergraduate teaching experiences and philosophies of participants
  • Role, or expected role, of spatial concepts or tools in their discipline

F Goodchild, Stacy Rebich, Moderators

2:45

Break

 

3:00 - 5:00

Introduction to GIS

Keuper and Farrell

5:30

Reception (UCSB Faculty Club)

 

     
Tuesday, July 13: Spatial Concepts in the Social Sciences
9:00

Core Concepts and Methods of Spatial Thinking

Mike Goodchild

10:15

Break

 

10:30

The Challenge of Spatial Social Science

  • GIS methods for spatial social science
  • Nature of spatial processes and their representation in GIS
  • GIS and its role in general social science education
  • Discussion
  • Thinking Spatially in the Social Sciences PDF (4.5 MB)
    (password protected)

M Goodchild

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15

An Introduction to the SPACE Website Resources

Janelle and Gamaiel Zavala

1:45

Lab - Introduction to Basic GIS Functionality/ Hands-on Demo (ARCGIS)

Keuper and Farrell

2:45

Break

 

3:00 - 5:00

Continuation of lab

 

     
Wednesday, July 14:
6:00 a.m.

Hike to Inspiration Point, pick up at Manzanita Village (for those interested)

 

9:00

Integrating Space into Social Science Theory and Analysis

  • Social science theory and relationship to fundamental spatial concepts
  • Construct / measure issues in spatial analysis
    • Philosophy of science and implied data types
    • Basic data types, collections, measurement
  • Discussion

Sweeney

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Spatial analytic methods (exploratory/descriptive/inferential)

  • Point patterns - representation, pattern analysis tests and interpretations
  • Areal analysis - representation, pattern analysis tests and interpretations
  • Space-time analysis - conceptualization and representation
  • Discussion

Sweeney

11:00

Introduction to Spatial Analysis

M Goodchild

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15 - 5:00

Lab

  • Multiple data source tailored to social science disciplines (segregation, income distribution, migration, language cultural diffusion, product flows, voting behavior, population and development)
  • Parallel labs based on different data types and topics
  • Lab exercises using GeoDA

Sweeney, Farrell

     
Thursday, July 15:
9:00

Visualization of Spatial Data I

Sara Fabrikant

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Locational Reference Systems and Map Projection

Waldo Tobler

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15 - 5:00

Lab

The links below are password protected:

Fabrikant, Keuper, Farrell

5:30

BBQ at Goleta Beach

 

     
Friday, July 16:
9:00

Visualization of Spatial Data II

Fabrikant

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Problems and Principles for Mapping Spatial Interactions

Tobler

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15

Resources for Course Evaluation and Learning Assessment

F Goodchild, Rebich

2:15

Taking Stock

  • General Participant Overview of Workshop Experiences, Questions, and Needs
  • Overview of Objectives for Week Two

F Goodchild, Janelle, Rebich

3:15

Break

 

3:30 5:00

Open Lab

Farrell, Keuper

     
Saturday, July 17:
TBA

Whale Watching Trip (for those interested)

 

     
Sunday, July 18:
TBA

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tasting (for those interested)

 

 

WEEK II. CURRICULUM DESIGN ELEMENTS AND CONSULTATIONS

Monday, July 19:
9:00

Review of FlowMapper weekend assignment

Tobler

9:30

Panel on How I Teach and Why I do it that Way

  • Ideas on course design, use of exercises, course evaluation, student learning assessment – F Goodchild and Rebich, moderators

M Goodchild, Fabrikant, Sweeney, Tobler

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Participant Responses and Discussion of Panel

Participants

11:30

Schedule Individual and/or Group Project Discussions

  • Participants may schedule meetings with workshop instructors to discuss their course and curriculum development projects

 

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15

Guest Presentation

Jim Proctor, Geography / Religious Studies

2:45

Break

 

3:00 - 5:00

FlowMapper Exercise and/or Open Lab / Scheduled Individual and Group Project Discussions

 

     
Tuesday, July 20:
6:00 a.m.

Beach Hike, pick up at Manzanita Village (for those interested)

 

9:00

An Overview and Discussion of GIS Software Packages for Teaching

  • ArcGIS
  • GeoMedia (Intergraph)
  • Idrisi Kilimanjaro
  • Manifold
  • MapInfo

Jeff Howarth

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Participant Progress Reports

Participants, Sweeney

11:00

Open Lab / Scheduled Individual and/or Group Project Discussions

 

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15

Guest Presentation

Peter J. Kuhn, Economics

2:45

Break

 

3:00 - 5:00

Open Lab / Scheduled Individual and/or Group Project Discussions

 

     
Wednesday, July 21:
9:00

Spatial Preference / Attitude Data: A Practical Application of Data Collection and GIS Functionality

Keuper

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Participant Progress Reports

Participants, Sweeney

10:45

Guest Presentation

Richard Appelbaum, Sociology / Global & International Studies

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15

Guest Presentation

  • "Resource-dependent Rural Communities and the Case of Spotted Owls in the Logging Regions of the Pacific NW"

Bill Freudenburg, Environmental Studies / Sociology

2:45

Break

 

3:00 - 5:00

Open Lab / Scheduled Individual and/or Group Project Discussions

 

     
Thursday, July 22:
9:00

GIS for Education

M Goodchild

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Participant Progress Reports

Participants, Sweeney

11:00

Open Lab / Scheduled Individual and/or Group Project Discussions

 

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15

Guest Presentation

  • "Spatial Perspectives on Risk Perception"

Barbara Herr-Harthorn, Anthropology

2:45

Break

 

3:00 5:00

Open Lab / Scheduled Individual and/or Group Project Discussions

 

6:15

Dinner, beach hike, swimming, and other diversions (909 West Campus Lane, Goleta)

 

     
Friday, July 23:
9:00

Closing Workshop Procedures

Janelle

9:15

Project Presentations by Workshop Participants (to be scheduled)

Sweeney, Moderator

10:15

Break

 

10:30

Project Presentations by Workshop Participants (to be scheduled)

Fabrikant, Moderator

12:00

Lunch

 

1:15

Project Presentations by Workshop Participants (to be scheduled)

Keuper, Moderator

3:15

Break

 

3:30

Workshop Exit and Follow-up Surveys / Certificates / SPACE Awards Program for Curriculum Development Initiatives

Janelle

4:00

Close of Workshop

 

 

 

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