• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Geography, Anthropology, Resource and Environmental Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Sanghamitra Mahanty
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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.

Other Information

Delivery Mode: Oncampus; Online

Indicative Assessment

1. Discussion forum on typology of impact studies (25%) [LO 1,2]
- Podcast on personal experience of social impacts (3 mins) (5%).
- Participation in discussion forum (5%).
- Reflection paper on typology of social impact studies (1000 words) (15%).
2. Discussion forum on cumulative impact studies (25%) [LO 1,2]
- Participation in discussion forum (5%).
- Annotated bibliography on a cumulative impact issue in one region (1000 words) (15%).
3. Critical evaluation of a social impact study (50%) [LO3]
- Case study proposal and peer review (750 words) (10%).
- Evaluation of case study document (3000 words) (40%).

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This course is provided through flexible delivery to both on campus and off campus students. Students doing the course on-campus will be required to attend weekly 2-hour workshops. Off-campus students will be required to participate in online discussions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have studied or are studying ANTH 8008.

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7718 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View
8713 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 Online View

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