Critical GIS & Public Anthropology (GIPA)


GIPA 501. GRANTS AND CONTRACTS. 1 Credit.

Notes: graded Pass/No Credit.
Pre-requisites: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
The development of effective grant writing skills is increasingly essential to students seeking to find employment in the areas of critical GIS, applied anthropology and cultural resource management. Whether as employees of a firm or organization dependent upon work generated through grants and contracts or as individuals seeking to practice their profession in an economy increasingly reliant upon freelancing, contracting and other non-traditional forms of employment. This course provides students with the background and tools necessary to develop competitive funding proposals and to understand the basic nature of contracting.

GIPA 502. FIELD RESEARCH: LAWS AND ETHICS. 2 Credits.

This course includes topics such as establishing rapport with individuals and communities, the ethical dilemmas faced in fieldwork, professional conduct, legal obligations of practicing anthropologists and conflict management that are the sort of skills and tools necessary for the day-to-day practice of applied anthropology. The Field Preparation Seminar provides students a foundation for coursework such as Community Engagement and Community Projects as well as for future anthropological fieldwork.

GIPA 510. RESEARCH DESIGN. 3 Credits.

Provides for the continued development of a practical toolkit with which to conduct applied social science research. Addresses research design elements necessary in areas such needs assessments and program evaluations through techniques such as participatory research, action research, evaluation, assessment and surveying. The course covers development of research proposals for independent, grant funded or contract designs.

GIPA 511. DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: GIPA 510.
This course introduces students to data analysis and data visualization. In particular, students will learn basic data analysis approaches, explore their use and apply them to qualitative and quantitative data sets. In addition students will synthesize the results of their data analysis into a variety of data visualization formats.

GIPA 518. SPATIAL ANALYSIS. 5 Credits.

This course provides advanced experience with the qualitative and quantitative methods of spatial analysis. Students research, compare and critically apply a variety of geographic methods to different case study scenarios in order to develop proficiency across the spectrum of geographic methods. Priority is given to contemporary digital methods, but older forms are introduced for comparative purposes also. Throughout the course, students build up a suite of methods they then will apply later in the program to their own research.

GIPA 520. THEORIES OF ENGAGED RESEARCH. 5 Credits.

This course examines the theoretical and philosophical foundations for engaged research with particular emphasis on the how the interaction and intersection of social, cultural and spatial theories can provide the basis for engaging the needs and problems of various partner communities.

GIPA 525. DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: GIPA 510.
This course introduces students to data analysis and data visualization. In particular, students will learn basic data analysis approaches, explore their use and apply them to qualitative and quantitative data sets. In addition students will synthesize the results of their data analysis into a variety of data visualization formats.

GIPA 528. RESEARCH METHODS IN PUBLIC ANTHROPOLOGY. 5 Credits.

This course introduces core methodologies used in public and applied anthropology, such as rapid appraisals, participatory research and action research. Students will gain experience with standard research methods, including participant observation, structured and unstructured interviews, and archival research, in order to be prepared for future independent research projects.

GIPA 530. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. 3 Credits.

This course uses a case study approach to examine ways of engaging community issues through public anthropology, cultural resource management and critical GIS. Explores problems and problem-solving as defined by researchers, leaders and community members themselves, and place them into different theoretical, methodological and programmatic frameworks. Ultimately, considers how faculty, graduate students and community members might work together to identify and analyze community problems as well as develop solutions to those problems.

GIPA 531. COMMUNITY PROJECTS I. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: GIPA 510.
This course is designed to provide students with a framework through which to engage issues of important to a local community under the mentorship of faculty. Students will identify the particular issue and community that their work will engage and connect these to their particular area of specialization. In this course, students will focus on 1. establishing a grounded, needs-based thesis research topic; 2. building community rapport to facilitate community-based research; and 3. engaging in participatory observation of the research topic in the local community.

GIPA 532. COMMUNITY PROJECTS II. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: GIPA 531.
This course is designed to provide students with a framework through which to engage issues of important to a local community under the mentorship of faculty. Building on the work begun in GIPA 531, students will continue their community-based research while focusing on 1. data collection; 2. data management; and 3. data validation.

GIPA 533. COMMUNITY PROJECTS III. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: GIPA 532.
This course is designed to provide students with a framework through which to engage issues of important to a local community under the mentorship of faculty. Building on the work begun in GIPA 532, students will continue their community-based research while focusing on 1. data analysis; 2. data visualization; and 3. presentation of results.

GIPA 545. TOPICS IN SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be repeated for credit when topics differ.
This seminar examines the breadth of research in issues related to social and environmental justice. Through an intensive engagement with relevant literature, students will be exposed to a series of select historical and contemporary debates as we examine the ontological, epistemological and practical dilemmas concerning research driven by and concerned with social and environmental justice.

GIPA 550. SEMINAR IN CRITICAL GIS. 5 Credits.

This class explores the evolution of theory and practice in critical GIS and current trends that characterize its content. Students will be exposed to the breadth of geographic thought related to critical GIS as we examine the major paradigms, sub-fields, and epistemological approaches in the field.

GIPA 555. GIS PROGRAMMING. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: GEOG 528.
This is an advanced course in GIS programming concepts and techniques. Students will be exposed to both legacy and contemporary programming languages integrated with GIS packages. Emphasis will be on creating and interpreting scripts using languages supported by current GIS software. The course includes hands-on GIS and programming work in the lab.

GIPA 556. GIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. 3 Credits.

This course emphasizes the application of Geographic Information Systems in the Environmental Sciences, including mapping and analysis of topographical, hydrological, geological, biological, and other environmental data. The course includes hands-on GIS work in the lab.

GIPA 557. GIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES. 5 Credits.

This course emphasizes the application of Geographic Information Systems in the Social Sciences, including census data, demographic analysis, social justice and related mapping of social phenomena. Course includes hands-on GIS work in the lab.

GIPA 558. GIS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH. 5 Credits.

This course introduces students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in the field of public health. Students learn basic digital mapping and spatial analysis concepts and techniques that can be applied toward the study of the health and wellness of populations. Students gain hands-on experience working with GIS software in a laboratory setting.

GIPA 561. ANTHROPOLOGY OF PUBLIC POLICY. 5 Credits.

This course considers anthropology’s contributions to public policy development and implementation as well as how public policy influence and impacts the lives of individuals and communities. Through the examination of public policy, this course will engage prevailing contemporary debates and discussions around power and the state, institutions and human agency, authority and hegemony, ideology and meaning, ethnicity and identity and the relationship between the global and the local.

GIPA 570. ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 5 Credits.

This course provides students with instruction and training in the professional, legal, and technical aspects of contract archaeology (aka cultural resource management). The course will emphasis the practical skills students will need to enter the CRM field, such as site management, project planning, local, state and federal regulations, preservation obligations and report writing.

GIPA 575. ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL. 5-10 Credits.

This course offers students hand-on experience in archaeological excavation techniques and methods through a formal field school setting. Over the course of several weeks, students will gain practical experience in field survey, excavation, stratigraphic interpretation, data collection and management and associated archaeological field skills. Depending on the nature of the site and excavations scheduled for a particular year, students may have opportunities for limited archaeological laboratory analysis and visitation to other local archaeological sites.

GIPA 595. INTERNSHIP. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
This course will offer vocational experience for students in the Interdisciplinary option within the History MA program. Placement of the student with Federal or State agencies, or private organizations is designed to provide on-the-job training and will be designed for the individual needs of specific master's programs.

GIPA 598. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Graduate Seminar.

GIPA 599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-15 Credits.

Independent Study.

GIPA 600. THESIS. 1-6 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
The objective of this course is to conduct original research as part of the completion of a research study bound as a thesis. This document provides partial fulfillment of the MA requirement and will be completed under the direction of a graduate committee. The thesis is designed to sharpen research, writing, and organizational skills.

GIPA 601. RESEARCH REPORT. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
The objective of this course is to conduct original research as part of the completion of a research study bound as a thesis. This document provides partial fulfillment of the MA requirement and will be completed under the direction of a graduate committee. The thesis is designed to sharpen research, writing, and organizational skills.