The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

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.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.

Requisite

This course replaces EMGTT3110. If you have successfully completed EMGT3110 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

ENVS3001Integrated Impact AssessmentThis 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.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195940Semester 1 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah2019ENVS2002 Environmental Legislation and Planning 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. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Understand the evolution of environmental and social impact assessment philosophies and procedures;2Understand the purpose and processes of impact assessment;3Understand the purpose and practices of public participation in the impact assessment process;4Critically analyse the broader context of impact assessment and public participation in relation to democracy, difference, justice and knowledge systems;5Work effectively and productively as part of a group;6Demonstrate practical skills in impact assessment and public participation;7Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, written and verbal presentation, and group work. This course replaces EMGTT3110. If you have successfully completed EMGT3110 you cannot enrol in this course.Written Assignment: EssaysIn Term Test: Examination: Take HomeTutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group/workshop participation and contribution/oral presentationWritten Assignment: Research Report Callaghan and OurimbahLectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0WorkshopFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0


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

Callaghan and Ourimbah

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