• Class Number 7717
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Sanghamitra Mahanty
    • AsPr Sanghamitra Mahanty
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course will examine social impact assessment (SIA) during the various stages of the project cycle. Social impact assessment will be examined in relation to different conceptual frameworks and types of project or activity. Alternative approaches to the assessment of impacts on livelihood, institutions, social structure, equity, culture and quality of life will be examined. The course will place a strong emphasis on practical case studies and students will be given opportunities to explore alternative impact assessment approaches in a number of sectors and within different national jurisdictions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding the legal and policy contexts in which social impact studies are undertaken.
2. Explain current variation in the content and methodology of social impact studies.
3. Critically evaluate social impact studies that have already been undertaken.
4. Design new social impact studies on the basis of research in relevant subject areas.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1:What is Social Impact Assessment and how is it related to Environmental Impact Assessment?
2 Week 2: In what contexts is SIA used and how does this shape its purpose and scope?
3 Week 3: Can we predict impacts?
4 Week 4: SIA practice: How can we understand the context and proposed changes? (case: involuntary resettlement)
5 Week 5: SIA practice: How can we understand the context and proposed changes? (case: indigenous) Assessment 3 (i)
6 Week 6: SIA practice: How can we assess and analyse likely impact pathways? (case: Canberra light rail) Assessment 1 (i)
7 Week 7: SIA practice: How can we assess and analyse likely impact pathways? (case: Health Impact Assessment) Assessment 3 (iii - end of mid term break)
8 Week 8:Group design workshop: develop a terms of reference for a project SIA. Assessment 2
9 Week 9: SIA practice: How can we mitigate negative outcomes and/or enhance equity in access to benefits? (case: extractive industries)
10 Week 10: SIA practice: How can we understand and manage for change over time? (case: TBA)
11 Week 11: How can we assess interactions between different change processes (or cumulative impacts)? (case: Belt and Road Initiative in mainland SE Asia)
12 Week 12: What can we take away about the limitations of SIA and areas for further development? Assessment 1 (ii)
13 Assessment 3 (iii)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Learning portfolio (30%) 30 % 29/08/2019 28/11/2019 1,2
Group task: SIA design task (20%) 20 % 27/09/2019 28/11/2019 3, 4
SIA study design (50%) 50 % 25/08/2019 28/11/2019 1-4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 29/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Learning portfolio (30%)

Submission dates and rubrics are on the course wattle site.

(i) 5 entries regarding weekly readings (25%; up to 200 words per entry). Each entry will respond to the weekly question, drawing on the core readings.

a. Four entries to be submitted by 29/08/2019

b. Final entry to be submitted with final course reflection below

(ii) Final course reflection (5% 300 words; due 24/10/2019): How has your thinking developed or changed regarding the purpose of SIA and the key challenges?

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 27/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Group task: SIA design task (20%)

Submission dates and rubrics are on the course wattle site. The design (20%) will be 600-800 words in length with a shared group grade.

Groups will be formed in week 4 and provided a scenario to which they can apply methodological knowledge gained in weeks 4-8. A scaffolded workshop in week 8 will assist students to finalise their work.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 25/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

SIA study design (50%)

(i) Preparation of a brief case study proposal, which is due 25/08/2019 (5%).

(ii) Peer review of the case study proposal of one other student, due 15/09/2019 (5%).

(iii) A final impact study design document which is due 01/11/2019 (40%).

See course wattle site for submission dates and rubrics.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

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Distribution of grades policy

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Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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02 6125 8058

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