GIS for the Humanities and the Social Sciences

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5AR766

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Archaeology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 19 February 2018
Responsible department
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university

Learning outcomes

After the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • formulate and a case study that is suited to a modern GIS analysis.
  • independently undertake a GIS-based case study/research project,
  • describe a series of GIS-methods for landscape analysis,
  • compare and evaluate different types of data used in a geographical information system,
  • present a GIS-based project in speech, writing and visually.


The course provides students with knowledge and skills in working with Geographic Information System (GIS) and how GIS can be used to analyse issues within the humanities and the social sciences. It introduces theoretical aspects of landscape analysis and GIS. Along with lectures the participants work with tutorials after which they will design case studies or research projects according to their own research interests.


Teaching is offered in the form of lectures, GIS-based tutorials, individual work under supervision and seminars.


Examination is done through tutorials and the completion of a study/research project.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

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