Connecting the Dots

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This graduate level seminar used techniques of mapping—analyzing and making meaning of raw data—as a comparative analytic tool and as a way to uncover hidden meanings between data and reality. Connected to an ongoing project on Southwest Raleigh, this summer course analyze, synthesize and visualize community data collected through CHASS, engage in field research as comparative analysis, and investigate and reflect on the effect of the mapping process on how data is understood. Through intense observation and interaction with census data, the physical environment and the inhabitants of the community, students will engage in a rich and triangulated approach to social research. They will use the tools of mapping and synthesis as a way to make meaning of their findings and explain it to the community itself.