CARTOGRAPHY, MAPPING AND GIS IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
CARTOGRAPHY, MAPPING AND GIS IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Anno accademico 2023/2024
- Codice attività didattica
- Luca Battisti (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
- Corso di studio
- Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
- 1° anno, 2° anno
- Secondo semestre
- Altre attività
- SSD attività didattica
- NN/00 - nessun settore scientifico
- Tipologia esame
The course is intended to provide theoretical and operational tools for territorial analysis, based on Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Specifically, the learning objectives are:
a) to provide students with technical knowledge about the use of GIS software (open source software Quantum Gis - Qgis)
b) to provide students with theoretical tools about maps and their role in representing and influencing territorial relations;
c) to provide students with critical tools, useful to understand and evaluate the role of GIS in territorial analysis applied to international cooperation projects.
Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi
At the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired complex knowledge and skills, concerning the production and use of maps, as a tool for territorial analysis and planning. These knowledge and skills are articulated in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Students will be expected to:
- know the main methods of territorial analysis, especially in the context of international cooperation and development projects;
- know the principles and theories of cartography, with special attention to the power of maps and the role of critical cartography;
- know and evaluate the main participatory mapping methodologies;
- critically evaluate the complex role that the territorial analysis and representation through the use of GIS can play in the design of territorial development (critical GIS).
Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will be expected to be able to apply the knowledge acquired during the course, in particular regarding:
- the ability to structure and implement territorial analysis methodologies applied to development projects
- the use of the basic functions of the QGis software
- the representation of spatial information through the production of maps
- the ability to imagine and project participatory mapping processes and activities.
The course will provide students with the tools necessary to evaluate critically the use of digital mapping tools (GIS) in the context of international cooperation and development projects.
Students will be expected to be able to produce meaningful cartographic representations and critically analyze their role in cooperation projects.
The course program is divided into a theoretical and a practical/applicative part.
The theoretical part aims at providing students with the conceptual tools necessary to achieve the learning objectives of the course and is divided into the following contents:
1. Methods and techniques of territorial analysis
2. Elements of cartography
3. The power of maps: cartographic representations, society, power.
4.Participatory mapping theories and practice (countercartography, community mapping, indigenous mapping, etc.)
5. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as tools for spatial and territorial analysis
6. Use of GIS in the context of international development cooperation and emergency management.
7. The Critical GIS as an aware approach to the use of GIS
The practical / applicative part of the course has the main objective of providing students with knowledge and tools they need to use the open source software Qgis, notably in connection with its application in territorial analysis activities supporting cooperation and development projects.
Specifically, students will be provided with knowledge and skills related to:
- Data and data sources in GIS
- Geographic and cartographic reference systems
- The cartographic representation of the data: shapefile and raster
- Spatial analysis tools and geoprocessing.
- The QGis plugins.
Modalità di insegnamento
The 36 hours of the course will be divided into lectures and laboratory activities (both with online-teaching tools, until new instructions from Unito and Italian Government).
The lectures (15 hours) will address different issues related to the role of cartography in territorial analysis and in cooperation and development projects, also with the intervention of invited external experts.
The laboratory activities include:
- Guided use of QGIS (introduction to the main tools, creation of simple maps)
- Individual activities of design and creation of a mapping project.
Given the workshop nature of the course, attendance is mandatory (at least 85% of the total hours, except for exceptional and motivated cases).
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
Students will be evaluated on the basis of the individual exercise (territorial analysis using QGis and critical report) that will be carried out during the course and presented to the oral exam.
The exercises will be presented by each student during the last week of the course.
The evaluations will take into account:
a. the quality and the relevance of the data collection and organization methodology
b. the effectiveness and relevance of the mapping maps supplied
c. the ability to motivate choices.
Testi consigliati e bibliografia
- QGIS Training manual
- Anno pubblicazione:
The syllabus of the course incudes journal articles and other materials that will be provided during the course.
The application part will be based on the user manual of the QGis software (version3.16), which can be downloaded at the website: https://docs.qgis.org/3.16/en/docs/training_manual/index.html
EXAMPLES OF USEFUL ARTICLES:- Harley, J. B. (1989). Deconstructing the map. Cartographica: The international journal for geographic information and geovisualization, 26(2), 1-20.- Crampton J and Krygier J. (2006). An introduction to critical cartography. ACME. 4(1): 11-33- Kitchin, R., & Dodge, M. (2007). Rethinking maps. Progress in human geography, 31(3), 331-344.- Wood, D., & Krygier, J. (2007). C’est ne pas le monde. Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory, 189-219.- Hirt, I. (2012). Mapping dreams/dreaming maps: Bridging indigenous and western geographical knowledge. Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization, 47(2), 105-120.- Aalbers, M. B. (2014). Do maps make geography? Part 1: Redlining, planned shrinkage, and the places of decline. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 13(4), 525-556.- Pavlovskaya, M. (2018). Critical GIS as a tool for social transformation. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, 62(1), 40-54.- McGurk, T. J., & Caquard, S. (2020). To what extent can online mapping be decolonial? A journey throughout Indigenous cartography in Canada. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien, 64(1), 49-64.
The laboratory is open to a maximum of 40 students.
Registration will open in January and close when the maximum number of 40 participants is reached.
In order to attend the course, students have to be able access to a computer and to be able to download and install the QGIS 3.16 (Quantum GIS) software.
The link for the download is: https://www.qgis.org/it/site/forusers/download.html