Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSI2008: Mapping the Social World: Introduction to Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Cecilia Meneghini (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module introduces you to thinking spatially in the social sciences by providing an overview of spatial themes and techniques, drawing examples from criminology, political science, sociology, and other disciplines. It covers introductory concepts and tools related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), using OGIS software. Emphasis is evenly split between learning how to make maps and a variety of spatial analyses. These spatial skills can be used in social science research, as well as in law enforcement, public policy, and other applications. Although familiarity with basic descriptive statistics is assumed, the module is hands-on and targeted to beginner students with an interest in maps, spatial analysis, or social geography.

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