Geography 221: Field Geography, The Local Landscape
Sylvania Campus, HT 301
T/TH 3:00 - 4:50 pm
Office Hours: 2-3pm M/W
Office: SS 215, E41
Course Texts (recommended):
1. the GIS 20 essential skills, Gina Clemmer (ISBN: 978-1-58948-256-2)
2. Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Rebecca Solnit (ISBN 10: 0520262506)
Course Description and Focus
Throughout human history, maps have influenced how we see the world and helped us understand human and physical phenomena. Maps are a powerful tool for people and communities to manage
their resources, make decisions, plan for the future, capture local
knowledge, raise awareness on environmental and/or social issues, and communicate their findings or concerns to others.
In this course we will explore mapping as a way of understanding human and cultural geography of Portland. We will examine cultural aspects of Portland and conduct research to collect data and create maps of these phenomenon. We will also discuss cartographic principles to find the best way to communicate the data we collect.
We will be working with Portland State University's Center for Spatial Analysis to collect data and map topics such as artisan foods, green-ness, art, geek-ness, and homelessness in Portland. The data and maps will be part of a 'Cultural Atlas of Portland' that the center is creating.
Additionally, an education license of the software will be given to all students enrolled in the course for use outside of class on your personal computers.
Assignments and Grading
Reaction Papers (15%): there will be a reaction papers assigned throughout the quarter based on reading assignments posted on the syllabus.
Participation (35%): participation in this class is essential. your participation grade will include a variety assignments ranging from field surveys to research and data entry.
Group Projects (50%): the class will be broken down into 9 groups to work on different aspects of the course project. each group will graded on their specific assignments given by the instructor throughout the quarter.
Final grades will be based on the following scale: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), and F (below 60).
1. Paved Portland – Mapping Cement
2. Portland – The Roads Not Travelled (Nor Built)
3. Kids’ View of the Portland
4. Geek Portland
5. Artisan Food
6. Art Galleries
7. Dollars and Scents: Wealth and Toxic Smells in Portland
8. Gimme Shelter
9. Green Portland
10. Negative Spaces
11. Edges of Portland
12. 82nd Avenue - Historical Perspective
13. Old Growth
Course Outline (DRAFT)
**Course schedule is subject to change and will be updated throughout the quarter.
April 10, 12
April 17, 19
May 1, 3
May 8, 10
May 15, 17
May 22, 24
May 29, 31
June 5, 7
Read. Turnbull, David 1994. Maps are Territories: Science is an Atlas
'How To' Submit an Assignment
2. Submit a single document in .pdf format
3. The subject line of your email should reflect the assignment name. For example: Reaction Paper 1
ArcGIS Desktop Version 10 - Service Pack 1 download
Service Pack 2 download
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Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities wishing services and/or accommodations are required to register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). Please contact the OSD office as soon as possible so that services can be arranged and provided in a timely manner. The OSD phone # is 503-614-7409.