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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSI3021: Mapping the Social World: Introduction to Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes and methods:


  • Orientation to spatial thinking in the social sciences
  • Geographic data types and structures
  • Preparing data for spatial data integration
  • Basic principles of cartography
  • Thematic mapping
  • Map projection and coordinate systems
  • Georeferencing and mapping points
  • Measuring distances
  • Geoprocessing and geocoding

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 22 11 x 2 hour tutorials
Guided Independent Study 45Reading assignments
Guided Independent Study 24Preparing for seminars
Guided Independent Study 59Preparation for essays

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

  • ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages