Advanced GIS for International Crises, Development and the Environment

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Advanced GIS

Spring 2021

Taught By: Eric Brelsford and Seungyu Paik

Section: A

CRN: 2381

Credits: 3

This course expands the desktop GIS skill set acquired through GIS for International Crisis, Development and the Environment to mapping within the geographic web. Building on introductory GIS concepts, students will learn web-based technologies necessary for interactive, online mapping. Proficiency with web based, online data visualization is a high demand skill set for a myriad of sectors and initiatives within the international development field. With current trends in social media as well as increasingly open data sources, students who possess a foundation of desktop GIS analysis coupled with interactive mapping skills will significantly leverage their effectiveness within institutions and organizations tasked with delivering data-driven solutions to an increasingly vulnerable world. Weekly lectures will cover the history, underlying fundamentals, tools and programming languages required for the geographic web. Corresponding lab sessions will introduce technical fundamentals for each week’s topics, followed by weekly assignments where students can master successive programming skills necessary for online mapping. Towards the end of the semester, students will develop their own web based mapping project using the tools and strategies learned throughout the course. The final project will allow students to demonstrate their ability to integrate core geographic technologies and concepts in the online environment.

Prerequisite: Geographic Information System (NINT 5380).
Please email the instructor, Eric Brelsford ( for any questions.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021