SSCI 350: International GeoDesign

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SSCI 350: International GeoDesignUnits: 4Term — Day — Time: Summer 2020; May 26 – June 26, 2020Location: USC (AHF 145D) and the NetherlandsInstructor: Laura C Loyola, Ph.D.Office: AHF B55ARegular Office Hours: Mon 9:00-10:00 a.m. and Tues12:00-1:00 p.m. PT. Also available by appointment.Contact Info: [email protected], 213-740-5612Bluejeans: Help: Richard TsungOffice: AHF B57BHours of Service: Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Contact Info: [email protected], 213-821-4415(office)Library Help: Andy RutkowskiOffice: VKC B36BHours of Service: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon;Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m., or other times by appointmentContact Info: [email protected], 213-740-6390 (office)

Course Scope and PurposeThe goal of this course is to introduce students to the critical and spatial thinking skills ofGeodesign while engaged in both classroom and field settings in Los Angeles, California,and in the Netherlands. Additionally, this course will enable students to apply these skillsin a capstone research project that proposes Geodesign strategies to address a societalchallenge in Los Angeles County.Geodesign is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary framework that combines planning,design, and environmental systems management with geospatial technologies to exploreways to build a better world. As interest and demand for sustainable development gainstraction nationally, internationally, and across the University of Southern California (USC)campus, the use of Geodesign principles is becoming increasingly valuable to addressglobal challenges that foster human and environmental well-being. Europe is a region ofthe world that is particularly advanced in the integration of land management,transportation systems, ecological conservation, and a high quality of life. The practice ofGeodesign in the Netherlands is centuries old, and the Dutch, in particular, have longbeen leaders in designing land uses to maximize efficiency while minimizing adverseenvironmental impacts. Land reclamation, alternative energy sources, and advancedtransportation systems are hallmarks of Dutch ingenuity. Accordingly, Dutch leadershipin sustainability and Geodesign are worthy of student inquiry and investigation by meansof an intensive field experience.The field experience in SSCI 350 will examine Geodesign applications in three uniquelocations, with Vrije University Amsterdam serving as home base. The first location isAmsterdam and it’s surrounding neighborhoods (Amsterdam-Noord and AmsterdamZuidoost), the capital city of the Netherlands, which represents a large city with a richdiversity of people, commerce, and land uses. The second location is the historical townof Utrecht, located in central Netherlands, which boasts the Netherlands’ largestuniversity and a long tradition of integrating medium and high-density housing,greenbelts, and bicycle paths. The third field location is the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’slargest port, and the fifth largest port in the world. Students will utilize these experiencesto interrogate applications of Geodesign, and think about how these strategies may beapplied in Los Angeles.Learning ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students should be able to: Explain representative challenges of population growth, increasing urbanizationand globalization, resource and land management, the widening gap between richand poor, and the likely impacts of climate change across a variety of urbansettings throughout the Netherlands;Describe the ways in which these challenges have been addressed in exemplarDutch settings;Identify and compare successes and challenges in addressing these issues acrossthe Netherlands and Los Angeles, CA;Syllabus for SSCI 350, Page 2 of 8

Investigate the relationship between human and natural systems in theoreticaland practical terms, and categorize how and why people transform naturalenvironments into residential, commercial, and/or industrial uses, including theimpacts these decisions have on environmental vitality, economic sustainability,and human health and well-being.Produce a specific geodesign plan for Los Angeles County, based on research andgeodesign principles.Students may vary in their competency levels on these abilities. You can expect to acquirethese abilities only if you honor all course policies, attend classes regularly, complete allassigned work in good faith and on time, and meet all other course expectations of you asa student,Prerequisite(s): NoneCo-Requisite (s): NoneConcurrent Enrollment: NoneRecommended Preparation: NoneCourse OrganizationThis course is a five-week intensive living and learning experience comprised of lecture sessionson the USC campus paired with an experiential learning component in the Netherlands. Thelecture sessions will utilize readings, discussions, presentations, and videos to introduce coreconcepts of Geodesign, which include urban planning, redevelopment, land management,human-environment interactions, transportation systems, and geospatial technologies, amongother topics. The field experience will consist of a 14-day study abroad to the Netherlandswhere the class will engage applications and the theory of Geodesign through guest lectures,field excursions, exploratory analysis, and an applied case study in Geodesign. The Geodesigncase study will be organized and completed with colleagues from the Geodesign Lab at VrijeUniversity Amsterdam and the City of Amsterdam Municipality. The focus of these efforts willbe to develop stakeholder workshops that lead to a sustainable revitalization plan for thecommercial and residential neighborhoods in the borough of Amsterdam-Zuidoost (AmsterdamSoutheast).Technological Proficiency and Hardware/Software RequiredStudents do not need to have prior experience with GIS software. The modeling software andgeospatial data required for course assignments will be accessed using computing resourcesprovided by the Spatial Sciences Institute and Vrije University.SSI Server and Tech Support – This course utilizes the SSI Server which is a virtual desktop givingaccess to many different professional software. If you are unable to connect to the server orexperience any type of technical issues, send an email using your USC account to Tech Supportat spatial [email protected], making sure to copy (cc) your instructor on the email.Syllabus for SSCI 350, Page 3 of 8

Every student must have the following technology requirements: A computer with a fast Internet connection.An up-to-date web browser to access the GIST ServerIf you have difficulty meeting either of these requirements, please speak with the instructor atthe start of the course.Required Readings and Supplementary MaterialsLee, Danbi, Eduardo Dias, and Henk J. Scholten 2014. Geodesign by Integrating Designand Geospatial Sciences. Switzerland, Springer. (selected chapters) Miller W. 2012. Introducing GeoDesign: The Concept. Redlands, CA, Esri Press.* Ruddell, D. and K. Foster. 2018. GIS&T and Geodesign. The Geographic InformationScience & Technology Body of Knowledge (3rd Quarter 2018 Edition), J.P. Wilson (ed)DOI: 10.22224/gistbok/2018.3.3. Shorto R. 2013. Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City. New York,Vintage Books. Additional readings will be posted to Blackboard as needed in preparation for theAmsterdam case study.*Denotes text will be posted on Blackboard Description and Assessment of AssignmentsYour grade in this course will be determined on the basis of several different assessments:Oral Presentation – topic proposal (10 points): You will prepare and deliver a 10-15 minute oralpresentation accompanied by PowerPoint slides proposing a topic of interest to investigate foryour capstone geodesign project.Reading Assignments (16 points): You will complete four assignments on readings that informGeodesign by providing 1-2 page reflections on the concepts, principles, and/or case studiescovered in the readings.Field Activities (15 points): You will be required to participate in all activities for the course,each weekday (Mon – Fri) of the field experience.Field Geodesign Case Study (15 points): You will complete a case study that will incorporate thefield activities and analysis. The case study will culminate in a short presentation.Field Experience Story Map (14 points): You will create and present an online Story Map thatillustrates activities, observations, reflections, and key locations of the field experience.Capstone Geodesign Project (30 points): You will produce a research paper (3,000 – 4,000words) and final oral presentation on the research that integrates course concepts and casestudies on Geodesign, while proposing a specific Geodesign strategy in Los Angeles County.Syllabus for SSCI 350, Page 4 of 8

Grading BreakdownAssignmentOral presentation – topic proposalReading AssignmentsField ActivitiesField Geodesign Case StudyField Experience Story MapCapstone Geodesign ProjectTOTAL# ofTotal t Submission PolicyAssignments will be submitted for grading via Blackboard using the due dates specified in theCourse Schedule below. Late work will be assessed a penalty of 10% per day and zero gradeswill be assigned for work that is more than one week late. No work will be accepted for gradingafter 5 pm PT on the last day of the PWP session.Additional PoliciesStudents are expected to attend and participate in a mandatory orientation session, every classsession, and to complete and upload all assignments before the deadlines detailed in theCourse Schedule.The anticipated number of contact hours between instructor and student for this course, whichincludes course meetings on the USC campus in addition to the two-week field experience, is 70hours. Course meetings at USC comprise 18 hours (9 two-hour sessions); the field experiencecounts for 52 hours (i.e., 13 days with an approximate average of four hours per day).Syllabus for SSCI 350, Page 5 of 8

ScheduleTopicWeek 15/26*Monday isa universityholidayWeek 26/1Weeks3&46/6 – 6/20Module 1: Core Concepts ofGeodesign:The first week of the course will beheld on the USC campus in theAllan Hancock Foundation (AHF),room 145D Tues – Fri, 10am-12pm.Students will be introduced to coreconcepts of geodesign through acombination of lectures, readings,discussions, and hands-onactivities.Module 2: Self-directed ResearchThe second week of class is forstudents to complete and reflectupon course readings, and thenarticulate a societal challenge inLos Angeles County that will serveas the topic of investigation for thecapstone component of the course.Work tasks for Module 2 will becompleted independently and canbe accomplished from home orwhile traveling abroad.Module 3: Field Experience – TheNetherlandsHeadquarters for the fieldexperience will be The StudentHotel in Amsterdam. The fieldexperience will include researchtalks, site visits, and an appliedgeodesign case study with the VrijeUniveristy Geodesign Lab. The casestudy will focus on sustainablerevitalization for the residential andcommercial sectors in the boroughof Amsterdam-Zuidoost.Readings andAssignmentsDeliverables/DueDatesMiller (2012);Ruddell and Foster(2012); Lee, Dias,and Scholten (2014)Complete by Friday5/29:Reading Assignment 1;Reading Assignment 2;Oral PresentationShorto (2013)Complete by Friday6/5:Reading Assignment 3;Reading Assignment 4Time spent during the field experience willinvolve:1) Lectures, field trips, and field work;2) Independent study time (est. 2 hrs/day);and3) Personal/ recreation time.The following represents the tentative schedule of the field experience:June 6: Arrive in Amsterdam, NL – check-in to The Student HotelJune 7: Tour of Amsterdam – guided bicycle/walking tour; historical and culturalappreciation (11am – 3pm)Syllabus for SSCI 350, Page 6 of 8

Readings andDeliverables/DueAssignmentsDatesJune 8: Visit to Vrije University (VU) – meet with Profs. Niels van Manen and RonJanssen, introductions, tour of Geodesign Lab, and context building (9:30am –4:00pm)June 9: Excursion to Amsterdam-Zuidoost – bike tour and examination of geodesigncase study site; lunch followed by stakeholder meetings (9:30am – 4:00pm)June 10: Field trip to Utretch University and housing developmentsJune 11: VU - presentations by geodesign experts from UNIGIS and independentwork (9:30am – 4:00pm)June 12: Geodesign Hub Workshop (10:00am – 5:00pm)June 13: Field trip to Amsterdam Noord: tour of de Ceuvel (11:00am – 3:00pm)June 14: Free dayTopicJune 15: Field trip to Rotterdam – walking tour of Markthal and port tour (10:00am– 3:0pm)June 16: Geodesign case study – Designing a participatory workshop/data collection(9:00am – 3:00pm)June 17: Geodesign case study – running participatory workshops at the VU(10:00am – 4:00pm)June 18: Sustainable economic development and revitalization (festival) at JohanCrujiff Arena (9:00am – 5:00pm)June 19: Geodesign case study –presentations and course reflection at the VUGeodesign Lab (11am – 5pm); closing dinner (6pm – 8pm)June 20: Check out of The Student HotelWeek 56/22Module 4: Capstone Project andReflections on GeodesignThe course resumes on the USCcampus (AHF 145D) to providecritical reflections on courseconcepts, the field experience, andthe final presentations for thecourse capstone research project.Class meetings will be held Mon –Fri, 10am-12pm.Complete by Friday6/26:Field Experience StoryMap;Geodesign capstoneprojectStatement on Academic Conduct and Support SystemsAcademic ConductPlagiarism – presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, either verbatim or recast in yourown words – is a serious academic offense with serious consequences. Please familiarizeyourself with the discussion of plagiarism in SCampus in Part B, Section 11, “Behavior ViolatingUniversity Standards” Other forms of academic dishonesty areSyllabus for SSCI 350, Page 7 of 8

equally unacceptable. See additional information in SCampus and university po