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Quick Facts about GEOG 571
Course Structure: Online, 12-15 hours a week for 10 weeks
Overview: GEOG 571 is a required course for the Geospatial Intelligence Option of Penn State's Online Master of GIS as well as the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics. It is also an elective course in the geospatial education program and the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security. The course consists of projects, associated readings, written assignments, and discussions about concepts.
This course examines and illuminates the relationships between cultural geography, civil security and the stability of the existing world order. It rests firmly upon the application of the tools of spatial analysis that are at the heart of the discipline of geography, and is designed to help students develop the analytical processes that will lead to enlightened syntheses (intelligence products) about the connections associated with cultural differences and current internal and external threats to the security of the American homeland. It also is designed to encourage students to examine the impacts of cultural differences on the stability of the existing world order. The overarching objective of this course is to help successful students develop the knowledge, comprehension, and skills needed to effectively analyze current geospatial realities and, through the prism of cultural geography, create a rational predictive synthesis (intelligence summary) about potential human threats to the security of the nation.