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Geographic Information Systems for Public Policy

The purpose of this course is to learn principles and applications of GIS to support doctoral-level research in public policy, public administration, public affairs and urban and regional planning, with a particular focus on spatial data collections and analysis for urbanized regions within the greater Boston area. The goal of this course is to enable students to identify spatial characteristics of diverse application areas, to build maps that integrate diverse data sources, formats and displays, to perform spatial analyses, and to integrate spatial thinking and GIS analysis into their own research topics.

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