6122 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Course information
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Course number
Academic year
History and Social Sciences
BSSc in Social Sciences
Secondary education or equivalent qualifications. (Students are themselves responsible for the access to a PC that can run the GIS-software).
Language of instruction
The course is taught in Faroese. The instructional materials are in Faroese, and English.
Students on the third semester of Bachelor of Social Science in Social Science are automatically enrolled. Applicants for an individual course must apply via the Faculty of History and Social Sciences Office by sending an email to SSD@setur.fo.
Beginning date
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
End date
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Academic content
The purpose of the course is to provide the students with an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and the role and application of GIS in the sciences and in society. The course will provide students with basic practical and methodological skills in GIS, and an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the students will: • Be able to explain central concepts in GIS. • Be able to define and assess the values and possibilities offered by GIS and be aware of its limitations. • Be able to explain the basics in map projections and coordinate systems. • Be able to display, analyze and edit geographical and attribute data in GIS. • Be able to critically reflect upon the role and relevance of GIS in the sciences. • Be able to critically reflect upon the role and relevance of GIS in society.
What is GIScience (GIS, PGIS and PPGIS)? • Maps, power and worldviews. • Technology, data and democracy. • Cartography, map projections and coordinate systems. • Data models (vector, raster). • Types of geographic data in GIS (point, line, polygon). • Editing, displaying and creating geographic data in GIS. • Basic operations in GIS.
Learning and teaching approaches
The course consists of lectures, presentations, discussions, and practical exercises in GIS.
Assessment method
To pass the course students must do practical exercises and hand in one map assignment.
Examination (internal/external)
Grading scale
Exam date/dates
The exam is set for the 24th of November 2023.
Deadline for withdrawal from exam
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Academic responsibility and teachers
Academic responsibility
Sissal Tókadóttir Dahl
Sissal Tókadóttir Dahl