GEOG 3021 - Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 3021 Course Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Winter Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study Assumed Knowledge It will be assumed students have proficiency at research and written skills for Level III Course Description This course introduces the methodology of environmental impact assessment (EIA) as a vital tool for sound environmental decision-making. It provides an introduction to the concepts, methods, issues and various stages of the EIA process. The various stages of the EIA process, such as screening, scoping, EIA document preparation, public involvement, review and assessment, monitoring and auditing, appeal rights and decision-making are examined. The course draws on contemporary international and Australian case studies and includes building student capacity. In conflict resolution, cross cultural engagement, and stakeholder impact assessment.
Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.This course will run in workshop style during the winter. Students are expected to attend a number of introductory context setting workshops - these are complulsory - and then they attend 1 in every two workshops thereafter. Workshops are divided into two parts (i0 information delivery and (ii) skills building and are designed to equip studetns wiht the understanding and knowledge about the EIA whiel developing thier skills in how to practically undertake the EIA process. The course is designed to build work readiness.
Course Learning OutcomesOn completion of this course studetns shoudl be able to :
1. Explain the major principles of environmental impact assessment in Australia
2. Understand the different steps within environmental impact assessment
3. Discuss the implications of current jurisdictional and institutional arrangements in relation to environmental impact assessment
4. Communicate both orally and in written form the key aspects of environmental impact assessment
5. Understand how to liaise with and the importance of stakeholders in the EIA process
6. Be able to access different case studies/examples of EIA in practice
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 5, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3, 4, 5, Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3,4 ,5 ,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5, 6, Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 2,3 ,4 ,5 ,6
Required ResourcesThis course will suggest a number of articles and sources for students which will be of use. Students will gain maximum benefit from reading through a suite of articles on the subject, which will be both up to date and give a broad understanding of the issues surrounding ethics and the environment. Most of these articles will provided on MYUNI. However, students are encouraged to access the suggested readings below for a good grounding in EIA issues.
Harvey, N and Clarke, B 2012 Environmental Impact Assessment, Oxford press.
Other suggested readings: Elliot, M. and Thomas, I. 2009. Environmental Impact Assessment in Australia, The federation Press
Wood, C. 2003. Environmental Impact Assessment: A Comparative Review, Pearson Hall press.
The journal called Environmental Impact Assessment Review is an excellent resource.
Recommended ResourcesFor your information here is a short bibliography on EIA. This is not compulsory reading but provided for those who wish to research further in this area and want international examples.
Becker, H. and Vanclay, F. 2003. The International Handbook of Social Impact Assessment. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
British Medical Association 1999. Health and Environmental Impact Assessment – An Integrated Approach. Earthscan, London.
Byron, H. 2000. Biodiversity and EIA: A Good Practice Guide for Road Schemes. RSPB WWF-UK, London. Construction Industry Research and Information Association 2000. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, C522. CIRIA, London.
Dalal-Clayton, B. and Sadler, B. 2005. Strategic Environmental Assessment: A Source Book and Reference Guide to International Experience. Earthscan, London.
European Commission 2001. Guidance on Screening and Scoping. EC, Brussels.
Fischer, T. 2007. The Theory and Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment. Earthscan, London.
Glasson, J., Therivel, R. and Chadwick, A. 2005. Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment. UCL Press, London.
Harrop, O. and Nixon, A. 1999. Environmental Assessment in Practice. Routledge, London.
International Association for Impact Assessment 2006. Health Impact Assessment: International Best Practice
Principles. IAIA, Fargo, ND.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee 1990. Handbook for Phase I Habitat Survey – A Technique for Environmental Audit. JNCC, London.Maidstone.
Morris, P. and Therivel, R. 2001. Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment. E & FN Spon, London.
Morrison-Saunders, A. and Arts, J. 2006. Assessing Impact: Handbook of EIA and SEA Follow-up. Earthscan, London.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 1992. Guidelines on Aid and Environment, No. 1. Good Practices for Environmental Impact Assessment of Development Projects. OECD, Paris.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2006. Applying Strategic Environmental Assessment. Good Practice for Development Cooperation. OECD, Paris.
Petts, J. 1999. Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment, Vols 1 and 2. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Therivel, R. 2004. Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action. Earthscan, London.
Treweek, J. 1999. Ecological Impact Assessment. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
United Nations Environment Programme 2002. Environmental Training Resource Manual. Earthprint, Stevanage.
Wathern, P. (ed.) 1992. Environmental Impact Assessment: Theory and Practice. Routledge, London.
Weston, J. 1997. Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment in Practice. Longman, Harlow.
Wood, C. 2002. Environmental Impact Assessment – A Comparative Review. Longman, Harlow.
Online LearningStudents will be able to access readings, course materials on MYUNI. I also use the MYUNI as a key medium for sending messages to students so it is a good idea to check it regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will run in workshop style during the winter. Students are expected to attend a number of introductory context setting workshops - these are complulsory - and then they attend 1 in every two workshops thereafter. Workshops are divided into two parts (i0 information delivery and (ii) skills building and are designed to equip studetns wiht the understanding and knowledge about the EIA whiel developing thier skills in how to practically undertake the EIA process. The course is designed to build work readiness.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are expected to attend the workshops during the winter school period and then spend time doing independent reading and research to prepare for assignments.
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Take home exam = 30%
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