Integrated Impact Assessment

Description

This course introduces students to the practice and theory of impact assessment and public participation. The course takes a practice-based approach to learning through workshops, exercises and case studies so that students develop the skills needed for professional employment. It also addresses critical issues facing practitioners, decision makers and communities in relation to sustainability, more equitable forms of development and democratic environmental decision making. This course considers techniques and methods of social and environmental impact assessment and public participation. Both Australian and international perspectives are included.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the evolution of environmental and social impact assessment philosophies and procedures;

2. Understand the purpose and processes of impact assessment;

3. Understand the purpose and practices of public participation in the impact assessment process;

4. Critically analyse the broader context of impact assessment and public participation in relation to democracy, difference, justice and knowledge systems;

5. Work effectively and productively as part of a group;

6. Demonstrate practical skills in impact assessment and public participation;

7. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, written and verbal presentation, and group work.

Content

  • Context of impact assessment in relation to environmental decision making and sustainability;
  • Historical background and contemporary approaches to impact assessment;
  • Impact assessment methodologies, including social impact assessment;
  • Professional practice, including team work, project management, report writing, public participation;
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to undertake impact assessment and public participation;
  • Issues and critiques relating to the theory and practice of impact assessment and public participation;
  • Examples and case studies of impact assessment and public participation in different contexts.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EMGT3110. Students who have successfully completed EMGT3110 are not eligible to enrol in ENVS3001.

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS2002 Environmental Legislation and Planning

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group/workshop participation and contribution/oral presentation

Written Assignment: Research Report

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term