The course deals with various methods and techniques for spatial analysis of social phenomena. Within the course framework, different types of data will be handled in both raster and vector formats and with various software. Methods for data capture and data processing are also discussed during the course. An element of basic spatial statistics is included in the course.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • describe methods in spatial analysis, and what kinds of analyzes can be done based on different forms of geographic data.
  • use geographical information practically in the analysis of socio-geographical phenomena and take into account various sources of error.
  • critically evaluate projects or analyzes carried out with geographical information systems.


Instruction is conducted in the form of introductiuon, lecturers, seminars and exercises.


Student performance is evaluated through testing students’ knowledge and understanding as defined by the learning outcomes. Testing of knowledge and understanding takes place via written exam and written assignments for exercises and seminars. 

Course facts

Course coordinator: Associate Professor Anders Wästfelt
Course code: KG2313
Name in English: GIS and Spatial Analysis II
Name in Swedish: GIS och rumslig analys II
Credits: 7.5 HECs
Cycle: First Cycle
Main field of study: Human geography
Language of instruction: English
Pace percentage: 100%, i.e. full-time
Delivery mode: On campus
Course start: Spring Semester
Semester period: C
Target group: The course is offered freestanding and is also elective within, among others, the Bachelor's Programme in Human Geography – Society, Environment and Global Processes, 180 HECs, the Bachelor's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning, 180 HECs, the Bachelor's Programme in Geography, 180 HECs, and the Bachelor's Programme in Global Development, 180 HECs.
Special eligibility requirements: GIS and Spatial Analysis I, 7.5 HECs, or equivalent. Alternatively Geography I, 30 HECs, and Geography II, 30 HECs.
Selection: Higher Education Credits (up to 225).
Application: See the University course catalogue
Limitations: The course cannot be included in a degree together with another course whose content fully or partly corresponds to the content of the course. This applies, for example, to the course Geographical Information Analysis I, 7.5 HECs (KG2203).

Detailed information, including grading criteria, is provided at the course introduction and via the learning platform Athena. Syllabus, reading list and schedule are published below. When the syllabus is revised, this is done at least one month before the last application date. The reading list is usually revised before each course instance and this is done at least two months before the course starts. The schedule is available here no later than one month before the course starts, but minor schedule adjustments can be made later.